Loon Preservation Committee Outreach and Public Education
The Loon Preservation Committee’s vision is to realize a future of loons and people thriving together in New Hampshire – but it will take more than our small but dedicated staff to realize that vision. If we’ve learned anything in our 38 years of monitoring, research, management and education, it’s that a caring and involved public is the key to preserving loons, or for that matter any wildlife species. Therefore, all of LPC’s research and management initiatives have an outreach component to illustrate the effects of human activities on loons, and encourage a culture of appreciation and respect that will allow loons to thrive.
Loon preservation touches on a wide range of issues, from human population growth and sprawl to fair and wise use of limited resources like lakes; from environmental contaminants, energy conservation and recycling to scavenger wildlife populations and proper disposal of garbage; and from general education about loons and their needs to changing specific practices like the use of lead fishing sinkers and jigs.
Information about loons and their challenges is presented to the public at The Loon Center; through presentations at professional conferences, schools, lake associations, and other venues throughout the state; and most importantly, through one-on-one contact to engage the public and lake users in the field. LPC’s Lead Education Initiative is an ongoing effort to educate anglers and the public about the effects of lead poisoning and monofilament entanglement on loons. As part of this initiative, LPC’s lead tackle exchange program helps to remove hazardous lead sinkers and jigs from our environment, promote sound fishing practices, and engage lake users in loon conservation. LPC’s Loon Festival is a one-day event at The Loon Center in July that celebrates loons and our fascination with them.
In addition to these events and presentations, LPC posts educational signs at public access points to lakes and at lakeside businesses, and publishes findings of its research in peer-reviewed journals, in the Loon Preservation Committee Newsletter, and in other popular forums. Our Learning About Loons exhibit is a comprehensive mixed-media display made possible by a generous donation from friends of the Loon Preservation Committee.
If you would like to schedule a presentation about loon natural history, challenges facing loons, and LPC’s activities in support of loons in New Hampshire, please call the Loon Preservation Committee at 603-476-LOON.