Loon ReportLoons

The Association Committee, Environmental Protection, maintains a loon watch on both the Big and Little Lake.

The Association authorized the building of a floating loon's nesting platform for the Little Lake.

Committee members also distribute information to help protect Minnesota's favorite bird.

Contact Bonnie Dressen, 848- 2010, for any problems or harassment of loons.

Do your part to protect loons

• Avoid use of islands before July 15 of each year. Loons prefer islands for nesting.

• Stay away! Watch loons from at least 200 feet. Although baby loons may be cute to look at up close, this is stressful to both parents and babies. It is particularly important to stay away from nesting loons.

• Use non-lead fishing sinkers and jigs. Ingesting one sinker or jig will kill a loon.

• Be an ethical angler. Never fish or cast near loons nesting or swimming and properly dispose of extra bait and trash on land. Don’t dispose of fishing line in the water, as loons can get caught it in or leave a jig in a fish you return to the water so that if a loon eats is, it will be cut by the lure.

• Be a responsible boater. Never chase loons or run boats or jet skies over areas where oons have been seen. Loons and chicks have died from being hit by boats and propellers. (Injuring or killing one of our loons could make you the most unpopular person on our lakes!)

• Dispose of household garage at a collection site so you don’t attract raccoons, foxes, gulls or eagles, which prey on loon eggs.

• Protect native vegetation on all shores. Loons often nest on natural shorelines and use natural materials to build nests.

• Conserve electricity. Mercury emissions contaminate lakes and loon food.

• Keep dogs and cats away from loon and nests. Pets disturb nesting loons and destroy loon eggs.

• Use only Prosphorus-free fertilizer. Fertilizer can run off into lakes increasing aquatic (weed) growth, making it difficult for loons to swim and find food.

 

More information on loons

DNR on Loons

Loon Monitoring Program