The Common Loon – a New Hampshire Icon

Caroline Hughes

July 28, 2022  7pm


For many, the haunting call of the loon is an important part of the New Hampshire lake experience. Often seen as a symbol of the northern wilderness, loons are a beloved fixture on New Hampshire lakes, and many lake goers enjoy watching them as they raise their young. However, the breeding season can be a vulnerable time for loons—they face many threats, both natural and anthropogenic, while on our lakes. This presentation will focus on the biology and life history of loons, the threats that loons face while on our lakes, and the work that the Loon Preservation Committee’s staff and volunteers have performed since 1975 to help recover New Hampshire's threatened loon population.

Caroline Hughes has been a biologist at the Loon Preservation Committee since 2016. Her work includes helping to oversee LPC’s statewide loon monitoring program, building and floating rafts and signs to help vulnerable loon pairs nest successfully, rescuing loons in distress, assisting with research into the challenges facing New Hampshire’s loons, and planning and conducting LPC’s education and outreach programs. 

Organization Bio: The Loon Preservation Committee ( works to protect loons throughout the state as part of its mission to restore and maintain a healthy population of loons in New Hampshire; to monitor the health and productivity of loon populations as sentinels of environmental quality; and to promote a greater understanding of loons and the natural world. 

Caroline will lead a Field Trip to Martin Meadow Pond the day after this event.

(loon photos by the late Kittie Wilson)