Boaters Urged to Avoid Loon Chicks

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Officials in New England are asking freshwater boaters to be watchful for loon chicks, which are hatching on lakes and ponds around New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

Last year, biologists for the Loon Preservation Committee in New Hampshire recorded 234 loon chicks hatched, but 26% of them did not survive.

Loons are protected by state and federal laws from hunting or harassment, which includes boaters who follow adults and their chicks too closely. Therefore, boaters are asked to stay at least 150 feet from adult loons with chicks. Adults that show signs of distress, such as craning of the neck low over the water, thrashing or vocalizing, need more space.