March 31, 2013: We are awaiting word of sightings of our Michigan loons returning home to their territorial lakes. At this early time, they may still be spending time in the southern part of the Lower Peninsula, as there is ice remaining on many of our northernmost lakes. Last year, 2012, the earliest loon sightings were recorded in mid-March; but this year seems more like a normal spring without the eighty-degree temperatures we experienced last year.
Spring also signals the time when those of our Loon Rangers who are Snowbirds return to their summer lakes and begin to provide for another year the monitoring and protection efforts so vital to the preservation of Michigan's threatened Common Loon population. And for us here at "Loon Central" it means beginning to gather together the materials for the 2013 MLW Spring Packets to be sent to the Loon Rangers. These are sent out each year with updated Manual materials, and Lake Report Forms as well as copies of maps provided by MI Natural Features Inventory. The data and map copies, showing loon nesting and feeding locations, are then sent to MNFI for their important work in cataloging and helping provide protection for wildlife habitat.
Throughout the summer our Loon Rangers work tirelessly statewide in their efforts to protect the loons and their habitat. Pictured above are some materials that are part of the MLW Program's Loon Protection repertoire. These materials are an essential link to educational and informational outreach to riparian owners and lake users, and are provided to the Loon Rangers to help in their efforts. (The large metal Loon Alert signs, however, are by order.)
We are pleased to welcome several new Loon Rangers this season, and look forward to working with them to protect and preserve Michigan's beautiful Common Loons!
Remember, you can repetitiously study loons forever, but what they truly need is protection.
MLPA has a quarterly newsletter, "Loon Echoes", which goes out via U.S. mail and e-mail to our members and others interested in loon protection, the main goal of MLPA and Michigan Loonwatch. This newsletter is also made available at many yearly festivals and events, as well as at educational programs, throughout Michigan, thus enjoying distribution statewide, and to other states as well. We would like to welcome donors to help support Loon Echoes, and in return we would allot a space in the newsletter to display the donor's business card or logo. If you are a business that may specialize in lake-use products, water-protection landscaping, offer lead-free fishing tackle, loon-themed items, have "Loon" in your business name or just are interested in helping to protect this beautiful natural resource, the Common Loon, we would be happy to hear from you! Please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Upcoming Events: Visit us at some great upcoming 2013 Michigan events to learn more about loons and to shop our Loon Mercantile in person! We also welcome volunteers to help at these events. Please contact Arlene 231-598-0878.
***Information about MLPA/Michigan Loonwatch is also presented at our joint programs with Wildlife Recovery Association throughout the year. Learn more about loons and take home some looney reading!
** Details on upcoming events will be posted as soon as details are available.
Mission Statement of the MLPA
The Michigan Loon Preservation Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the Common Loon as a breeding bird in Michigan through public education, research and the protection and management of loons and their habitat.
About Michigan Loonwatch
Michigan Loonwatch, formed in 1986 at the behest of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is the field arm of the Michigan Loon Preservation Association, providing loon management, protection and registration. Our Loon Ranger Program, with over 200 Loon Rangers, provides for the day-to-day monitoring of loons statewide, protection of the birds, their young, and habitat on their lakes, and education to riparian owners and lake users. This network provides yearly data and information to help us to better know and understand how to direct our efforts for the benefit of our beautiful loons and Michigan's natural resources.
About Michigan Loon Preservation Association
MLPA was formed in 1987 to support Michigan Loonwatch. MLPA memberships, along with donations and grants, provide for the continuation of Michigan's only statewide loon monitoring and protection program. Our volunteer MLPA Board of Directors is made up of professional members, including several biologists. and oversees and advises MLW.
Support for Michigan Loonwatch and MLPA
Michigan Loonwatch and its Loon Ranger Program is supported by memberships and donations made to MLPA. These can be for the general fund or designated for Michigan Loonwatch, or for particular projects, such as the Loon Nestling Project which helps provide for Artificial Loon Nest Islands (ANI) and Informational Buoys to help protect nesting sites during the nesting period. Memberships begin at $10 and will go through 2013. For membership and donation information, please see the links to Michigan Loon Preservation Association below, or contact Luanne: email@example.com.
Thank you; your support makes the difference for Michigan's beautiful loons!
3-1-2011: We have received a record number of Lake Reports this year from our Rangers and Coordinators! These reports help us to better know how to help the loons to be successful in their nesting and chick-rearing season on our Michigan lakes. We share this data and lake history information with state and federal agencies as we work together for our natural resources.
Our MI Loonwatch Program is continuing to grow at a steady rate, which is good news for our organization, but especially for the loons and for our main goal of protecting them in their natural habitat. We have just recently welcomed three new Area Coordinators and several new Loon Rangers, and are excited about the coming season as we await the Spring arrival of the beautiful birds we love so much!
If you wish to learn more about becoming a Loon Ranger and/or Area Coordinator; please contact us at "Loon Central" 989-828-6019.
Thank you, Loon Rangers and Area Coordinators, for all you do!