(Published in print: Saturday, April 13, 2013)
If you sense that there are significantly more loons on the lakes, ponds and rivers of New Hampshire than just a few decades ago, you’re absolutely right. Thanks to the hard work of the Loon Preservation Committee and other conservation organizations, about three times as many loons now take up summer residence in New Hampshire as did in the mid-’70s. Anyone who has watched one of these spectacularly handsome birds or heard its signature call can only be grateful for how much has been achieved.
But it hasn’t been easy. Loons are not only finicky breeders, they’re slow ones.