Loon count to take place from June 26 to July 6

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers to help monitor the loon population in Otter Tail and Becker counties. 

Volunteers can choose one (or more) lakes to count the number of adult and juvenile loons seen and report these observations to the MNDNR for data analysis. The survey will take place from June 26 through July 6. Volunteers need to monitor their lake(s) for one day during this survey period.

For the past 29 years, with the assistance of hundreds of volunteer observers, the DNR has gathered information about common loon numbers on more than 600 lakes distributed among six regions, or “index areas,” throughout the state. 

To view a map of the lakes and create a Loon Account to sign up to monitor a lake, visit mndnr.state.mn.us/eco/nongame/projects.

People interested in being a volunteer loon surveyor may also contact Bry Persing, at (218) 735-3962 or bryonna.persing@state.mn.us.