PROTECT THE LOONS ON LAKE IROQUOIS!

posted Jul 21, 2019, 1:56 PM by Lake Iroquois Association
We have babies on the lake!  The loon pair that has summered on Lake Iroquois for several years, have successfully nested this year.  Loons and chicks are especially vulnerable at this stage.  They have many dangers ahead of them, from snapping turtles, bald eagles, intruder loons, etc. and don't need any further stresses from human activity.  Here are a few pointers to protect our loon family and to help them thrive:

Avoid Nesting Areas: Please observe the warning signs and remain outside of the nesting area.

Keep Your Distance: Enjoy loons from a distance through binoculars. Keep a distance of 100 yards or more from them.  When paddling, never pursue loons for a photo or a closer look. A loon constantly swimming away from you is a stressed loon.

Slow Down: Loon chicks can be difficult to see. If boating at high speeds, note where the loon family is and avoid that area. Please observe the “no wake speed” law within 200 feet of shorelines. Speeding boats have been known to run over loons, injuring or killing them.

Get the Lead Out: Fish responsibly. Loons, like many birds, ingest small pebbles in order to help digest their food. Unfortunately, if the material they collect contains lead from sinkers or jigs, poisoning and death may result, so please do not use lead when fishing on the lake.

Reel In When Loons are Diving Nearby: Loons will take live bait and lures. Nearly 50% of loon deaths are caused by ingesting lead fishing gear or injury from fishing line entanglement and hooks.

Take Action: It is against the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act to harass migratory birds in the U.S. Please report any loon harassment to your local game warden or state police.

Plant Native Vegetation: If you own shoreline, let your lawn grow wild to create wildlife habitat. Leave woody debris and underwater plants for aquatic insects, fish, and loons. If you need a mowed area, keep it 15-20 feet from shore.

Enjoy: Vermont’s lakes and ponds can be home to both people and loons, if we treat them with respect and are good stewards of forested shorelines and underwater habitat.

For further information about loons and the Vermont Loon Conservation Project, go to:  https://vtecostudies.org/projects/lakes-ponds/common-loon-conservation/vermont-loon-conservation-project/

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