Help loons while enjoying the lake this summer

The Canadian Lakes Loon Survey has been undertaken annually by volunteers coordinated by Bird Studies Canada since 1981. Monitoring this iconic bird provides important information about the species and the environment.

“More volunteers are needed to survey these birds at lakes across Canada. These data will be vital to determine if loons are in decline, holding steady or making gains,” says Kathy Jones, Canadian Lakes Loon Survey Volunteer Coordinator, Bird Studies Canada.

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No experience is needed to observe and report on the loon chicks at your local lake as a citizen scientist. The information collected will become part of the upcoming 40-year Loon Survey Report and is needed to give a true picture of the status of the Common Loon and the health of Canada’s lakes.

If you will be at a lake in Canada at least one day in each of June, July and August, please sign up for the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey.

Bird Studies Canada will provide you with a kit and will help you get started. To learn more, visit



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