Conducted by Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists members and Mississippi Lakes Association boat drivers.
Loon Count Numbers 2007 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2016 2017
Max number of adults 24 35 35 39 40 43 35 37
Max number mated prs. 10 12 11 12 13 12 17 18
Max.Number young 8 7 5 8 8 12 17 9
Actual chick survival 7 6
An orientation meeting was held at the MVCA Gatehouse in May, with 19 persons present.
Four teams of two, plus boat drivers, conducted surveys on four different sections of the lake, three times during the summer; end of June, end of July and end of August.
All sections of the lake recorded an average number of adults over the summer, but the maximum number of chicks counted was much lower than last year (17-9).
There were no chicks found in the Lower Lake.
Nine chicks in all were found in June; nine in July but only six were found surviving by the end of August (same as last year).
MVFN would like to do the count again next year.
Survey report submitted to Bird Studies Canada
Report submitted by Cliff Bennett Compiler