By Katie Clark
The first time I saw the movie, ON GOLDEN POND, I knew I wanted to one day live on a lake where I would listen to the beautiful call of the loon. When my husband and I started to look for a place to retire, we found a small lake in Newaygo County, Petit Lake. Just out from the beach on the lot we were thinking to purchase, swam two loons. I knew this was where I wanted to live.
Now, 7-years later, I’ve been assigned the lake’s Loon Ranger. No, this isn’t a joke. Petit Lake has become a member of Michigan Loon Preservation Association, which is a non-profit organization “whose mission is to preserve the Common Loon as a breeding bird in Michigan through public education, research, and the protection and management of loons and their habitat”.
Did you know that Michigan loons are endangered? There is an estimated population of less than 500 loon pairs. Unfortunately, the development of homes on lakes lead to the elimination of nesting places for loons and the use of motorized watercraft can scare them away. However, we at Petit Lake have decided to be a part of the LOON WATCH. We have large areas of natural lake shoreline and commit to keeping a safe distance from the loons when out enjoying the lake.
Check out the protocols we are taking to protect our loon pair: https://sites.google.com/view/pettitlakeloonsanctuary/home/loon-watch.
If you know of a lake that has a loon pair or pairs that may like to be a part of protecting these beautiful, endangered birds, contact :
Save The Loons
10181 Sheridan Road
Millington, MI 48746
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