Wildwood Lake, Wolverine, Michigan
Loon Information
 
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Please do not disturb the loons when they are nesting. This usually takes place in early June and the Association places a small artificial island in the water in the cove on the east side of the lake. Your cooperation is appreciated.

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Loons:  www.MichiganLoons.org

Common loons are large goose sized black and white diving water birds that spend their summer on our Lake; 2-3ft long and 8-12lbs in weight w/ a wingspan of 4-5ft. 

These are remarkable, unique and PROTECTED species.

 

They nest generally in May and June only to lay two eggs mostly in coves, inlets and canals - non-populated water areas.  Loon parents leave their nest if watercraft or people come within 150 yards from the nest; leaving the nest vulnerable to predators and without warmth.  BOAT TRAFFIC AND PASSERBY'S ARE CAUSES OF LOST EGGS. 

 

We have one nest currently here on Wildwood Lake in the cove at south end of a canal near the northeast to east side of lake.  It is only a few feet from the shoreline and no one or thing should be in that close of proximity to the shoreline.  STAY AWAY FROM THEIR NESTS.  When you see two loons together during June and May, it is a good indication that they’re nests have been disturbed. 

 

WATCH FOR YOUNG CHICKS during our summer months.  They are not as resilient as their parents.  They are often on their parents backs for warmth and protection, as they are not waterproof, they can't dive quickly, like their parents, as they are very buoyant, and they tire easy when swimming. 

 

If you see a loon "dancing" straight up out of water and slapping its wings, move away immediately.  You are too close and in their territory.

 

Enjoy loons from afar.  Listen to their calls and enjoy the solitude of our Lake.  Loons need this solitude to breed and raise their young.  If loons are rare to sight and leaving our lake, so is the solitude.  Please be courteous to our Wildwood Lake loons! Again, these are our unique, protected species; let's do what we can to keep a watchful eye on them!

 

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