Loon ReleaseLoonCorps Northern Michigan is committed to preserving, protecting loon breeding lakes and restoring Loon Territories on lakes holding nesting potential throughout Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties. We also frequently supply and deliver nesting rafts and Loon Alert Buoys to counties beyond that range. Our volunteers are available to counsel and troubleshoot loon nesting and loon/human conflicts on any Michigan lake. We have, or seek, volunteers for the positions outlined below. Everyone involved is an unpaid volunteer, though material expenses can sometimes be covered.
1. Lake Scouting and Monitoring: This involves checking on nesting lakes throughout the breeding season and summer, observing and reporting loon nesting activity.
2. LoonCorps Guide: Recruiting new scouts, guides, and lake residents and visitors (anglers, paddlers, etc…) to help monitor nesting lakes, report observations, or install nest rafts.
3. Nest Raft Coordinator: You coordinate and arrange the placement and removal of PVC nesting rafts (and Loon Alert Buoys where necessary) on a lake/lakes where loons nest, or have nesting potential.
4. Donation Canister Distribution: Distributing Loon Buoy donation canister displays to businesses/organizations willing to display them. Periodically check and empty canisters and retrieve donations.
5. Writing about LoonCorps and successful lake projects for periodicals and local publications to inform residents and visitors on presence of common loons in Northern Michigan and how they can help (donate) or participate (become a Scout or Guide) in preserving the species.
Each of these areas of involvement is vital to preserving loon breeding lakes, or establish/recover new or lost territories in Michigan. Without human intervention, nesting lakes are lost each year due to disturbance or nest site loss. Once a territory is lost, it is extremely difficult to recover its status as a breeding lake recognized by loons. Prospecting loons often acquire a territory by seizing it from a resident pair member or pair, so an unoccupied lake doesn’t often register as a potential nesting habitat.

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