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Loon lure, noise annoy & grill gaffe

Cottage Q&A

BEADY EYES

WE USED to have loons on our lake, and we don’t see them anymore. Can we do anything to lure them back?

—DONNA GOLD, HUNTSVILLE, ONT.

We assumed the answer to this was, “Sure. Build a loon platform!” But it turns out that bringing loons to your lake isn’t as easy as getting ghosts to play baseball in your cornfield. If you build it, they won’t give a damn.

“Just plunking down a loon platform won’t work,” says Kathy Jones of the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey with Bird Studies Canada. Platforms are a good way to provide nesting spots in specific situations, for example, on a lake with fluctuating water levels. But it’s a solution for habitat-poor loons that are already on a lake, says Vincent Spagnuolo, a wildlife research biologist with the Biodiversity Research Institute’s Center for Loon Conservation, which researches loon populations in North America.

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