Michigan Loonwatch Operates Under the Direction of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources & Environment, Following the Guidelines of the Michigan Loon Recovery Plan

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sister Site

For the most recent updates and Loon information, please visit our sister site: michiganloonwatch.blogspot.com. Please find the link on the sidebar.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

First Reported Loon Sighting!

Friday, March 19, 2010: We have received our first word of a loon pair Spring sighting! They arrived on their territorial Mecosta County lake as soon as the ice was off. We're happy to start welcoming our Michigan loons back home!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Issue of "Loon Echoes" Just Out!

"Patiently Waiting" by Leslie Lewis, Loon Ranger

March 16, 2010:
Our latest issue of our Loon Echoes quarterly newsletter is just off the press and is on its way to our members and friends! This is our annual membership issue, and features a timely and thought-provoking article by Ranger Steve Mueller, as well as a great loon rescue story by Ross & Rose Ann Powers, another of Auntie Arloon's informative answers to a reader query, literary reviews by our resident Looney Bookworm and our latest Loon Mercantile catalog, among other special features and pages.

We would be happy to send a copy to any of our Friends of the Loon out there who are not yet on our mailing list; and would welcome your membership or donation. Membership opportunities begin at just $10, and include a year of Loon Echoes, an MLPA decal, and updates about loons throughout the year. Best of all is knowing that your contribution goes a long way in helping MLPA and Michigan Loonwatch with our work in fulfilling our mission: to protect and preserve one of Michigan's most exquisite species, the Common Loon, and its critical habitat, our beautiful Michigan lakes.

To request a copy of Loon Echoes, and to become a friend or member of MLPA-MLW and the Common Loon, please contact Joanne at michiganloons@yahoo.com or Luanne at jaruzel.tds.net, or call Joanne at Loon Central: 989-828-6019. Thank you; and happy springtime Loon-watching as our birds begin to return home to their northern territorial lakes!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Preparing for Spring

"Loons Swimming in a Circle" by Shelley Martinez, Loon Ranger

Loon Ranger Spring Packets
: Mid-to-Late winter is the time that we begin to prepare for Spring and the long-awaited arrival of the loons. Right now, the Loon Ranger Spring Packets are being prepared and will be sent out beginning in late April. These will contain the yearly updated pages for the Loon Ranger Manual, the maps and Lake Report Form to record the information gathered throughout the season. These reports, returned to us in the Fall, help us to know how better to protect and help our loons. So please remember to return your reports, even if no loons were seen on your lake, and/or if no nesting took place or chicks were seen. Thank you, Loon Rangers!
Would You Like to become a Loon Ranger or Area Coordinator? Michigan Loonwatch would welcome your participation! Please contact Joanne Williams, State Coordinator at michiganloons@yahoo.com

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Working Together To Protect Loons

"Stay Close, Little One" by Dale Doepker, Loon Ranger

MLPA-MLW is a broad-spectrum group with one narrow objective: to protect the loons.

But the implementation of protecting loons covers a wide variety of research, management, monitoring, organization and education. No one narrow activity would be able to address problems ranging from lead and mercury poisoning, mile-long gill nets, habitat destruction of their prey base, harassment by boaters and jet-skis, nest disturbance and destruction and hundreds of other problems which have been identified through years of research and data collection by Michigan Loonwatch, its Loon Rangers and its research projects. These are among the many issues that MLPA and MLW are there to address, with the help of state and federal agencies, Michigan’s citizens, and concerned others as we work together for the success of our beautiful loons and their young, for the present and for the future.

Working Together:
Loon protection is a complex effort, and requires so much more than it would seem. There is much to be coordinated, so much to be aware of, so much to learn as we go along day to day. But, most of all, we realize that it is not an isolated effort, but it takes cooperative outreach among those who have the concern and the processes in place to work toward this worthy goal. Combining and coordinating our efforts is the key to the success of the common desire that we all share: the success of the loons and their young on our beautiful Michigan lakes.

There are many groups in our state that work toward this common goal, and MLPA-MLW is part of this network. It is a good thing to be able to share our concentrations, methods and outreach; to combine our work in the different ways that we approach this important and vital task of helping to ensure that our loons will thrive and continue to make Michigan lakes their territorial home.
Would You Like to Help Save Michigan’s Loons?
Here are Some Good Ways to Begin!

1. Join the Michigan Loon Preservation Association at any level. Membership opportunities begin at $10: contact Luanne Jaruzel at jaruzel@tds.net

2. Donate to our Operating or Endowment Fund: contact Luanne Jaurzel at jaruzel@tds.net

3. Donate to the Loon Nestling Project: for information contact Joanne Williams at michiganloons@yahoo.com

4. Purchase gifts from the Loon Mercantile: visit www.michiganloons.com

5. Become a member of our board of directors, or sign up to help at festivals: contact Arlene Westhoven at westhova@ferris.edu

6. Become a Loon Ranger or Area Coordinator: contact Joanne Williams at michiganloons@yahoo.com

7. Invite friends and family to visit our sites: michiganloons.com, michiganloons.org and michiganloonwatch.blogspot.com. Encourage them to join the Michigan Loon Preservation Association to ensure that the Common Loon continues to return to our northern lakes.

***Thank you! We Appreciate Your Support!***