Happy summer and Fourth of July weekend

Hi everyone: Happy summer and Fourth of July weekend. Our loon pair hatched a chick and brought it out to the lake on Friday, June 24. A number of folks have reported seeing the family, with the chick sometimes swimming and sometimes on a parent's back. They were staying in the northwest corner of the lake but may be moving down the lake by now. As usual, try to keep a good distance away and avoid approaching in a power boat as the chick cannot swim and dive well initially and can be swamped by waves.
The channel to the dam and South Peacham Brook is open now that loon nesting is over but Bonnie Easter and Sue Jensen have both reported major beaver dams in the channel.
On Wednesday July 6, Eric Hanson, the Vermont Loon Conservation Project Biologist, will give a talk in Peacham on Vermont loons and the history of the very successful loon recovery efforts in Vermont. The talk will be at 7:00 PM in the newly renovated Peacham library downstairs meeting room.
Eric's talk is titled "The Natural (and unnatural) History of the Common Loon from territorial takeovers and sibling rivalry to Mercury laziness and satellite tracking." That is a lot to cover but Eric is very well informed and sure to be interesting. This event is free and will be cosponsored by the Lake Harvey Association which is providing supper for a meeting of area loon monitors earlier that day.
All are welcome. Hope to see you there! Please share with any friends and neighbors who enjoy the loons.

Jan Parsons - Loon Committee Chair

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