Loons can be found on many lakes all over Michigan. They are best known for their haunting call. We recently rescued a juvenile loon that was hopelessly tangled in fishing line. Without intervention, there is no doubt that it would have died. Its mother tried to keep him fed, but the line was around his neck and beak. There was also a massive ball of line with hooks attached around his leg. We all need to remember that abandoned fishing line and tackle is a lethal threat to most waterfowl. It is important to make sure that nothing is left behind after fishing. Please share this information with anyone you know that fishes in our lakes and streams.
They migrate north to lay their eggs and care for their young. They carry their babies on their back when they are very small. Then they continue to feed and care for their young through the month of September. Mom and Dad work together to get their demanding kids to adulthood. Late in September, the parents begin their migration south. The young will follow several weeks later once they realize that there won't be any more free meals.
Loons do not mate for life like many other waterfowl. They can live from 20 to 30 years and will return to their birthplace every year. Their beauty and unique call make them a lovely addition to the remarkable wildlife here in Michigan.