I heard you speak at the GT Audobon Club a few months back and want to ask your help to build a loon box/platform on my lake – Tonawanda Lake near Interlochen. We have a pair of loons every year, but no baby – since 2006. We think the turtles or snakes are getting the eggs. I know approximately where they nest and I have some help here. This is a small lake connect by a small channel to Duke Lake, but we have no motorboats, so this SHOULD be an ideal place for loons, but ….no babies
If you can point me in the direction of instructions for the platform, one of my friends is a biology teacher at Interlochen Arts Acadamy and will have her class kids build it. Thanks for any help. Judy Myers
This week our loons have been on the artificial nesting platform full time. The nesting platform is close to the nesting area they used last year. Last year their nesting area flooded out, that is why we chose to put the nesting platform out. Both loons are here full time, one on the nest at all times. We are hopeful that we will get chicks this year. We had 3 loons here when they first returned but now it is only the couple. The loon buoy is in place and we hope that it will keep people away. Jill Packer Torch River Bayou.
to those on Lake Skegemog: Please be on the lookout for the Torch River Bayou loon family. They headed out of the Bayou on Friday and were seen down Torch River by the mouth of Skegemog. The pair have one chick. They are very vocal with any boat that goes by. Let me know if you see them. The adults are not banded. I am still hoping that they will return to the Bayou. Thanks Jill
The Elk River Watershed Loon Network invites you to participate in our new Loon Alert Google group. You can post observations, express concerns and share ideas to help protect the loons in our corner of northwest Michigan.