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By Lynn Kelly
Montana Loon Society President 

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A loon nest on Holland Lake.

Right on time, true to the mystery of the migration cycle - the loons show up and without our bidding (but with the help of our floating signs), take over their territories, build nests, fight off intruders, lay eggs and raise chicks.

The average number of chicks in Montana (including Glacier National Park) has recently hovered between 40-50 chicks a year. But, our loons outdid themselves last year by raising an unheard of 75 chicks!!! (We didn't believe the reports at first and had to go back and make sure that number was correct). Last year produced perfect nesting conditions with cooler...



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