How to Find Your Loon Valentine

  1. Take your time.
Two common loons face each other on a lake. The one on the left has its wings outstretched and its neck craned towards the loon on the right.
Photo by Karen Field
A bar graph of “number of years on same territory” on the x-axis and “% of years with hatched eggs” on the y-axis for common loon males. The trend is increasing upwards.
Graph via the Loon Project
A bar graph with “number of years on same territory” on the x-axis and “% of years with hatched eggs” on the y-axis for female common loons. There isn’t a significant trend increasing or decreasing.
bar graph showing “Years Pair Together on Territory” on the x-axis and “Probability of a successful hatch” on the y-axis. The trend gradually increases with some variation.
Graph via the Loon Project
A common loon parent with a young chick sitting on its back while they float on the lake’s surface
Photo by Brandi Grahl
A gif of two common loons with their heads facing each other and a red outline of a heart pops up on the image over them.

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The National Loon Center restores and protects loon breeding habitats, enhances responsible recreation, and catalyzes critical loon and freshwater research.

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National Loon Center

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The National Loon Center restores and protects loon breeding habitats, enhances responsible recreation, and catalyzes critical loon and freshwater research.

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