It’s almost time to count the loons

“I’ve always been interested in loons. They are such a unique bird,” the Raymond resident said.

Beach’s effort is part of a larger initiative to document the loon population on Maine’s lakes. Since 1983, Maine Audubon has been bringing citizen scientists together in late July to count the loons they see in a given time period. This year’s Loon Count is set for 7-7:30 a.m. July 17.

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The Wilkinson family looks for loons on Little Sebago during the 2017 Loon Count. The event has been held annually since 1983, and the estimated loon population has doubled since then. Contributed / Maine Audubon
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