Biologists Caution Boaters as Loon Chicks Hatching on Lakes

Biologists Caution Boaters as Loon Chicks Hatching on Lakes

Biologists have been urging people to be careful while going to New Hampshire's lakes as loon chicks are hatching there. They have recommended people to maintain a safe distance from the endangered birds, i. e. at least 150 metres away. Boat collision is known to make the largest contribution to chick mortality and it is also the third major cause of adult loon mortality. Lead poisoning and injury from fishing. are among other causes to increase the plight of the endangered bird.

"A late ice-out and therefore late start to nesting means that loons will either have very young chicks or still be on the nest over the July Fourth weekend'', said Harry Vogel, senior biologist and executive director of the Loon Preservation Committee.

This makes it very important to provide some space to not disturb the species during these very vulnerable times in their life cycles.

The common loon is known as a black-and-white migratory bird with red eyes. It is found on lakes and large ponds in northern North America and parts of Greenland and Iceland. The bird has been provided a federal protection and considered as a threatened species.

An adult loon gives signal to let people know that it is distressed, it cranks its neck over the water and start thrashing about in the water. It even makes sound to provide a signal that they need more space.

The Loon Preservation Committee recorded 157 loon chicks being hatched last year, but almost half of them could not survive.

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