School's out! (Or almost.) Time to let out a war-whoop! Better yet, practice the beautiful tremolo of a territorial Common Loon (as heard here, courtesy of Lang Elliott's recording).
Almost no music is so suited to the landscape of our Northern woods as that of the loon, whose wailing, yodeling, eerie cries bounce back and forth across our larger lakes and ponds like reverberations in an amphitheater. We'll begin our summer season with a trip to the Loon Center in Moultonborough, headquarters of the Loon Preservation Committee (LPC), which aims to protect loons, conduct research, and preserve the bird's habitat here in New Hampshire. To learn more about the LPC and its important work, click here.
The Harriers will have a rare chance to paddle out on the water with an LPC biologist, taking a canoe or kayak tour of loon habitat nearby. We'll observe loon behavior, looking for signs of nesting, and listen for their unmistakable vocalizations. Along the shores of Lees Pond and Winnipesaukee, songbirds should be loud and active as well.
Back on land, we'll gather for a celebratory picnic of fruit and sandwiches. We'll take a look back to our spring trips, and lay out the Club's plans for the summer. This is an event not to be missed!
Meet at the Loon Center at 8:30 a.m., and we'll try to be on the water by 9:00. Bring water, binoculars, and an easy food to share with the group. Sandwich fixings will be provided. But we also need boats! Bring a canoe or kayak if you can; otherwise, we'll have one ready for you. However, we do need to know you're coming! R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org if we should expect you.