Volunteers can help with two different survey programs.
First, the VLRP will be coordinating one large-scale survey on the morning of Saturday July 20 as part of Loonwatch day. Each volunteer will be assigned a small section of the lake to survey between 6 am and 10 am before the mid-day winds pick up. At least 30 volunteers with motorboats that can navigate the open waters of Lake Champlain will be needed. Volunteers who conduct surveys by canoe, kayak, or from shore will be able to help out in the smaller bays and along shorelines. In addition, the VLRP will need volunteer help on smaller lakes throughout the state of Vermont on the same day. (see lake list below for unassigned lakes)
Second, the VLRP encourages people to survey parts of Lake Champlain and lakes in the Lake Champlain Watershed at any time from June through early August and record their sightings and location.
Please contact Eric Hanson, the VLRP biologist, if you are interested in participating in these loon monitoring efforts at (802) 586-8064 or [log in to unmask]. The VLRP, a program of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD), oversees the state’s loon conservation efforts.
Abbey (Ripton) Adams (Woodford) Bomoseen
Gates (Whitingham) St. Catherine
Harriman (need a motorboat) Sections of Lake Champlain
Black Hancock (Stamford0 Comerford Res.
Burr Haystack (Wilimington) Moore Res.
Cedar (Monkton) Potter or Barber (Pownal)
Sections of LAKE CHAMPLAIN Raponda Northern Vermont
Roads (Milton) Sadawaga Center (Newark)
Chipman Sherman Charleston
Danby Townsend Res. Bald Hill
Spruce (Orwell) Somerset Reservoir
Wantastiquet (Weston) Clyde (Newport)
Emerald Ball Mountain Jobs (Westmore)
Hinkum May (Barton)
Inman Central Vermont Neal (Lunenberg)
Little (Franklin) Bliss (Calais) Notch
Little (Wells) Curtis (Calais) Nulhegan
Perch (Benson) Unknown (Avery’s Gore)
Silver (Georgia) Wallace (Canaan)
St. Albans N & S (Fairfax) Wheeler (Brunswick)
West Mountain (Maidstone)