LoonCorps seeks volunteers for the positions below. If you want to help in one or more of the following ways, please contact us using the information at the bottom of the page. We also have a page at the Char-Em United Way website detailing volunteer and contributor opportunities.
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.
Call 231-347-3688 Mon-Sat 10-6pm (outside those times, leave a message)
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