Have you ever wondered why a loon’s eyes are red?  Why loon chicks ride on their parents’ backs?  And what loons are saying with those eerie calls in the night?  Join Harry Vogel, Loon Preservation Committee (LPC), as he talks about this unique symbol of New Hampshire’s wild lakes and its special place in the hearts ofNew Hampshireresidents. Harry will present findings from his organization’s work at Tin Mountain’s monthly EcoForum series on Thursday, November 10, noon-1pm at the Nature Learning Center in Albany.

The Loon Preservation Committee’s mission is to restore and maintain a healthy population of loons throughout New Hampshire. As such, the organization also monitors the health and productivity of loon populations as sentinels of environmental quality and promotes a greater understanding of loons and the natural world.  Created in 1975 in response to concerns about a dramatically declining loon population, the organization has grown to become a leader among environmental organizations working to preserve threatened and endangered species.  The LPC’s success in protectingNew Hampshire’s loon population has been attributed in large part to the monitoring, research, management, and educational activities of staff, members, and volunteers. 

Harry Vogel is the Senior Biologist and Executive Director of the Loon Preservation Committee, and he has been studying loons for over 20 years. Previously, Harry was a researcher and then Project Biologist for the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey of Bird Studies Canada. He is the Co-chair of the Northeast Loon Study Working Group, a consortium of government and non-governmental organizations from New England States and the Canadian Maritimes working on issues affecting loons and other wildlife in the northeast.  

In his presentation, Harry will talk about loons, challenges facing loons, and the LPC’s work to safeguard New Hampshire’s threatened loon population. He will also discuss how the LPC’s management efforts have helped to more than double the state’s loon population since the bird was listed as a state threatened species in 1979. Don’t miss this engaging presentation on these iconic birds that grace New Hampshire’s waters. Are you a forester looking if CEUs? This program has been awarded 1.5 credits by the NH Joint Board.

 The Eco-Forum lunchtime lecture series is sponsored by The Flatbread Company ofNorth Conway, the Rock House Mountain Baker, and Frontside Grind Coffee and Espresso. It is presented at noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany. The public is urged to attend to learn more about salient issues facing our natural environment and to hear the views of thought-provoking speakers.