Did you know that Common Loons need a 100- to 600-foot water “runway” to
take off? Or that once airborne, they can reach flight speeds of 40-75 mph?
How long do loons live? Where do they go in winter? What’s that loony
laughing all about? Find answers to these questions, and discover more
fascinating facts in our updated Guide for Boaters or on our Guided Loon
Adventure this summer in the Northeast Kingdom!
Tucked into Vermont’s northeastern corner – a stone’s throw from Canada –
lies the tiny town of Averill. Moose outnumber people (the 2010 census
counted 24 residents), and the night sky is truly dark. Here, three watery
gems – Forest, Great Averill, and Little Averill lakes – host the
fascinating and unrivaled spectacle of nesting Common Loons. The Vermont
Center for Ecostudies invites you to join us for a brand new VCE adventure:
3 days of exploring loon lakes, birding boreal forests, and simply enjoying
this remote, special place.
For three days, your guides are premier biologists and birders: VCE’s Chris
Rimmer, Conservation Biologist, Eric Hanson, and Susan Hindinger. In
addition to leading daily birding walks, paddling excursions to observe and
monitor loon activity, and natural history rambles, Chris, Eric, and Susan
will offer informal talks and programs over dessert each evening.
*Learn more about this spectacular field trip and reserve your spot as
space is limited! Visit https://vtecostudies.org/loon-trip/
Chances are good that you’ll be treated to the sights and sounds of Common
Loon life while boating this summer, thanks to three decades of recovery
work by Vermont Loon Conservation Project partners, dedicated volunteers,
and responsible boaters and anglers. Download a copy of the new Updated
Guide for Boaters or look for copies at most Vermont state parks and public
boat ramps on lakes that host nesting loons. Informed lake users are vital
to future conservation of Vermont’s loons – so pick up a guide, and we’ll
see you on the water!
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055