Time: Thu, Sep 10, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Your home
This is the fourth and final presentation in this year’s Maine Creatures Great & Small series, in collaboration with Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
If you’ve been lucky enough to spend a spring or summer evening on a lake in Maine, you may have heard the mournful wail of the Common Loon. For more than three decades, Maine Audubon has worked to conserve loons through the Maine Loon Project, working with communities and partners statewide to promote healthy lakes and quality habitat for loons. As part of the project, Maine Audubon engages more than a thousand volunteers each year in tracking the state’s loon population through the Maine Annual Loon Count. Taking place on the 3rd Saturday of July each year, dedicated volunteers fan out on lakes and ponds across the state to participate in this event and contribute to our understanding of loon population trends. Falling this year on the 200th day of Maine’s bicentennial, the 2020 loon count was a momentous celebration of our state’s natural history.
Tracy Hart, Maine Audubon’s Loon Project coordinator, and David Findlay, the Regional Coordinator for the loon count on Damariscotta Lake, will talk about the health of the loon population statewide and on Damariscotta Lake, as well as their natural history, threats, and ways to get involved in loon conservation and the loon count. If you’re interested in learning about how loons have fared on Damariscotta Lake over time and what challenges they face, please join us!
More about Tracy Hart:
A native of Freeport, Tracy Hart joined Maine Audubon as a Wildlife Ecologist in 2019, where she works to conserve wildlife and habitat and engage the public in community science and wildlife stewardship. As manager of the Maine Loon Project she assists over a thousand people each year in the Maine Annual Loon count, an event which Maine Audubon has coordinated for over three decades to track the status of the state’s Common Loon breeding population. Tracy is also involved in the Maine Fish Lead Free Initiative, Lead Tackle Buyback Program, and Loon Smart, programs that promote stewardship of common loons through habitat protection and loon-friendly fishing practices. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an M.S. in Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland. Tracy has worked in conservation and environmental education for over twenty years in Maine, the U.S., and abroad.