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Canadian Lakes Loon Survey

Photo: Missy Mandel

We have come to the difficult but necessary decision to suspend all volunteer surveys and field work until further notice. Please read our Policy on Outdoor Work under COVID-19.

Families, lake property owners, and those who enjoy fishing or boating can all help monitor and steward the health of their favourite lake. By participating in the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey they will take their recreational activities to another level – active participation in science towards conservation.

If you regularly visit a Canadian lake, you too can be a Citizen Scientist. Canadian Lakes Loon Survey participants have worked since 1981 to track Common Loon breeding by monitoring chick hatch and survival. Participants dedicate at least three days, visiting their lake once in June (to see if loon pairs are on territory), once in July (to see if chicks hatch), and once in August (to see if chicks survive long enough to fledge).

Participants often work as stewards within their lake communities, advocating for better boating, fishing, or shoreline practices, protecting and supporting not only loons but the many other aquatic species that share our waterways.

Artificial Loon Nest Platforms

If your lake has seen no loon chicks hatch for three or more years it may be a good candidate for loon nesting platforms. Review the following to learn more:

Artificial Loon Nest Platform Factsheet

Guidelines for Constructing and Deploying Common Loon Nesting Rafts

Should I make a loon platform?

For more information, contact:
Kathy Jones
Volunteer Manager, Canadian Lakes Loon Survey