Loon Nesting Program

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 you may consider joining also. They provide valuable loon information.

Our committee is active maintaining floating loon nests 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.

Our Loon Committee members are known as Loon Rangers. Dave Thompson is Chair with members Anne Covy, Scott Davis, Rich Gedert and Jim Hodgson. You may email or call the Loon Rangers with issues and questions: loon@douglaslake.org or 231-537-3269.

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.

Loon Preservation Information

Douglas Lake nesting Information follows —

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

Link to photos of the 2017 nesting season.

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.

2019 Season – Nesting platforms are in 4 locations.

2019 Link to Photos of Nesting.

  • Loon Nests were placed from 4/26 to 4/28, as soon as ice cleared.
  • It appears nesting began on Maple Bay 5/9/19 at 5:21pm. Pictures confirm there are 2 eggs.
  • Confirm there is an egg on NFT Bay, 5/11/19 9:40am. Confirm there are 2 eggs on NFT Bay, 5/13/19, 5:18pm.
  • Marl Bay nesting began Sun. 5/12/19 – Mother’s Day.
  • Doesn’t look like the Northwoods nest will have nesting.
  • Start looking for loon chicks soon – estimating:
    • June 4 – 6 for Maple Bay
    • June 6 – 8 for NFT Bay
    • June 7 – 9 for Marl Bay
  • 6/4/19 4pm Maple Bay has 1 chick. 6/6/19 First photo of the day at 10am at Maple Bay. Appears a chick hatched during the night. Nest is clear.
  • 6/8/19 7:41am confirm 1 egg hatched on  NFT. 6/13/19 8:20am 2nd egg is gone. Loon off the nest.
  • 6/9/19 AM. One chick so far at Marl Bay.
  • July – One chick survived. It hatched on Maple Bay.

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