The loons returned this spring, went immediately to the nest raft, and last week, two chicks hatched. The first hatched on June 2 and the second hatched on June 3. You might see the babies riding on the backs of the parents or swimming along with the adults.
Please be careful on the water – the little ones can be hard to see. While it is always a pleasure to be able to watch the loon family, remember to keep your distance and don’t follow them if they swim away from you.
If you would like to know more about Vermont’s loons, loon behavior, and how to protect our loons, check out the Vermont Loon Conservation Project at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Here you can learn about loons and find guidance on how to enjoy observing them without disturbing them.