LIBERTY — Georges River Land Trust will present Tracy Hart, the Maine Loon Project coordinator, to talk about Common Loon natural history, conservation, citizen science, stewardship, threats, and ways to get involved in loon conservation, Thursday, June 27, at 4 p.m., at Lake St. George Brewing Company, Route 3, in Liberty.
Admission is free and all are encouraged to attend.
If you’ve been to one of Maine’s many lakes on a spring or summer evening, you’ve probably heard the mournful call of Maine’s iconic Common Loon. Maine Audubon works to conserve loons through their Maine Loon Project, and 2018 marked the 35th year that volunteers have been participating in the annual Maine Loon Count.
For three-and-a-half decades, dedicated volunteers have fanned out across the state to contribute to this data-gathering event.
Hart joined Maine Audubon as a wildlife ecologist in 2019 where she works to conserve wildlife and habitat and engage the public in citizen science. This year she will assist thousands of Maine’s citizens in conducting the annual loon count, an event which tracks the status of Common Loon nesting populations in lakes throughout the southern half of the state.
Hart is also involved in the Loon Smart and Fish Lead Free Programs that promote citizen stewardship of common loons through landowner habitat protection and loon-friendly fishing practices.
Georges River Land Trust is committed to protecting the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region.
For additional activities and more information, visit georgesriver.org or phone (207) 594-5166.