Common Loon Count

Adult Common Loon (Gavia immer) on Kettle's Lake © Copyright 2016 Awenda Provincial Park, All Rights Reserved
Adult Common Loon (Gavia immer) on Kettle’s Lake © Copyright 2016 Awenda Provincial Park, All Rights Reserved

Awenda is fortunate to call itself home to a vast diversity of bird species. Kettle’s Lake has consistently received a Common Loon pair for many years, which has prompted the Discovery Department at the park to begin monitoring their mating patterns and breeding success. Park staff regularly visit Kettle’s Lake to keep track of our Loon pair, and submit the summer’s data to the Canadian Lake Loon Survey.

The Common Loon is a beautiful sight and sound at Kettle’s Lake during the summers, and if you do find yourself paddling out onto the water with our feathered friends, here are some pointers to keep in mind:

  • Avoid paddling directly towards them
  • Stay as far as possible from the birds
  • If families are too closely approached, adults may dive to divert you and be forced to leave their chick temporarily
  • Nests may be abandoned if they are approached too closely

If you are interested in participating in the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey and monitoring a pair of Loons on your lake, check out Bird Studies Canada to learn more! It is through contributions from people like you that we are able to ensure the well being of birds like the Common Loon on our lakes.