"Loon"atic Weekend at Maidstone State Park and others!

A loon with a snack
Maidstone State Park is hosting a loon packed weekend. Activites begin with an interpretive walk on Friday (starting at the B-loop bathhouse at 8:00 PM) and slide show. The next morning, get ready to head out on the lake, via canoe or kayak (both available for rent), and observe these unique creatures in their natural habitat. Other activities include: a sand castle contest, a sack race, a movie at dusk, fishing and hiking opportunities, and more! Programs are free with paid park entry, but if you want to camp, make your reservations by calling the park directly, 802-676-3930.

A pair of loons on Spectacle Pond
in Brighton State Park
In addition, you can help contribute to the Annual Statewide Loon Count. On Saturday, July 16th visit some beatiful ponds and record your findings for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. "Many of the unassigned lakes are small and will likely not have loons, but it is still important to check them occasionally. However, there are are also some high priority lakes in need of volunteers including: Harveys, Jobs, Marshfield, May, Moore Res. (need a motorboat), Nelson, Newark, Pigeon (4-mile hike/bike), Pensioner, Spring, and Woodward." A full list of ponds in need of monitoring and more information can be found at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies' blog or contact Eric Hanson, the Vermont Loon Recovery Program Coordinate, at 802-586-8064.

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