Volunteers are being sought to tally up loons on Wisconsin lakes July 18. The 2020 Wisconsin Loon Population Survey is a one-day event coordinated by LoonWatch, a program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College.

LoonWatch is dedicated to the protection of the region’s loon populations through education, monitoring and research. In order to better understand the status of Wisconsin’s loon population, LoonWatch orchestrates a statewide loon population survey once every five years. This survey helps assess the effectiveness of current conservation efforts.

The 2020 survey will focus on 258 pre-selected lakes in northern and central Wisconsin, including Deer Lake, Steele Lake, Mud Lake, West Twin Lake, Lake Minnesuing, the St. Croix Flowage and the Radigan Flowage in Douglas County. Between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. July 18, volunteers will record the number of adult loons and loon chicks seen on the lakes. The information will be used to estimate the loon’s statewide population and breeding success.

LoonWatch provides an online training workshop and survey materials. To review the list of lakes and sign up to volunteer, visit northland.edu/loonwatch.