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As the sun rises above the pines, the Loon glides gracefully through the morning mist and calls out across the pristine lakewater. Far away, another Loon responds. The sound of them singing is what wakes us in this untouched place, their graceful chorus echoing over the pure cold water…

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Natural Shorelines

Natural shorelines provide shelter for loon nests and increase their food sources. If you live somewhere with a shoreline, leave it be. Don’t pour concrete, don’t remove natural vegetation. Replant natural vegetation if you’ve noticed it has depleted. If you poured concrete, make plans with a conservationist to get rid of it and return the shoreline to its natural state. Mistakes can be undone. We can all ensure that no negative externalities happen on our watch. 

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Slow Boating

Really want to zip around the lake on the motorboat? We need to reconsider the ways that we interact with the lake. Propellers on fast boats slice open turtles before they have a chance to dive. Fast boats create excessive waves that smash into shores and wash out loon nests, killing the young. Drive slow. Try kayaking or canoeing. We all need to interact peacefully with the lake to keep loons around.

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Keep Your Distance

We need to stay away from loons on the lake. It is so tempting to paddle towards them, to get a better view of that intricate feather pattern, those intoxicating red eyes. Resist the urge. Use binoculars instead. If the loon parents panic and separate from their young, they can’t protect them. A looming Osprey will take quick advantage. Loons are reproducing less and less and they need our help – and our space.

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Zero Waste Lifestyle

It's important to never leave trash by the lake. We’ve all seen pictures of plastic choking birds, but food and scraps left near the shore can attract predators which may increase nest predation. Most people clean up after themselves, but not everyone knows to remove organics too. When we leave the lake, it should look like we were never there. We can all be no-nonsense, zero waste advocates for loons.