Loon Nesting Program

2018 Season:

  • 5/15/2018 One egg on Maple Bay nest.
  • 5/17/2018 There are 2 eggs on the Maple Bay nest.
  • 5/25/2018 Nesting may begin soon at North Fishtail Bay.
  • 5/28/2018 noon – One egg on North Fishtail Bay.
  • 5/30/2018 6:15am – Two eggs on North Fishtail Bay nest.
  • 6/9/2018 It appears nesting began on Marl Bay.
  • 6/11/2018 noon – We have a baby loon on Maple Bay!
  • 6/17/2018 North Fishtail Bay. One of the eggs disappeared.
  • 6/24/2018 We have a baby loon on North Fishtail Bay.
  • 7/6/2018 7am – Loon chick from Marl Bay nest.
  • 7/6/2018 3:40pm There are 2 loon chicks from the Marl Bay nest.
  • 7/7/2018 – There is 1 surviving loon chick from the Marl Bay nest.

2018 Link to Photos of nesting.

Since 1992, we have been practicing loon preservation by constructing artificial nesting platforms. Loons prefer to nest on islands to distance themselves from predators such as raccoons. We belong to the Michigan Loon Preservation Association and participate with  LoonCorp Northern Michigan. Please use and support both of these resources; they provide valuable loon information.

Our committee is active maintaining loon platforms that are set as soon as the ice melts and are usually removed in early August. The nesting season may be early May to late June. Since loons may leave the nest if bothered by others, please keep your distance from the nests. After hatching, the chicks are weak and are vulnerable to many dangers. Please keep your distance so not to separate the chicks from the parents.

While the Michigan Loon Preservation Association recognizes one Loon Ranger per lake, we call all our committee members Loon Rangers. Dave Thompson is Chair with members Anne Covy and Rich Gedert. You may email or call the Loon Rangers with issues and questions: loon@douglaslake.org or 231-537-3269.

2017 Season: Two chicks were born on Maple Bay 5/30/17. One chick was born on the Nuttings Bay platform 6/8/17.

Listen for the many calls of the loon and understand the meanings – Loon Sounds.
Prepare and Wait is a video of early nesting on Maple Bay 2017.
Hatch and Survive is a video of chicks on the Maple Bay 2017.
Link to photos of the 2017 nesting season. New photos are added as they are collected.

Loon Preservation Information

Posted on March 6th, 2017 in Events, Programs.