Record year for nesting loons in 2019 - WCAX

For the first time since loon monitoring began in 1978, the number of nesting loon pairs in Vermont in 2019 topped 100.

"We're told 75 of those loon nests successfully produced 115 chicks this year. And 87 chicks survived through August which they say exceeded the past five-year average survival of 73 percent. They say it's a success story here in Vermont as there were only seven nesting pairs back in 1983 that produced only nine chicks. Now, it's grown to over 100 nesting pairs.
Officials want to remind you to avoid lead fishing tackle which can sometimes be swallowed by loons. When that happens, they can suffer the effects of lead poisoning.


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