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Annual Loon Census

The New York Annual Loon Census is held on the 3rd Saturday of July each year, from 8:00-9:00 a.m, to provide an annual "snapshot" of the breeding loon population in the state.

The Census is coordinated by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program, and is conducted in collaboration with the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation.  Results of the Census over time provide valuable information regarding the status and trends in New York's summer loon population.


To Participate in New York's

Annual Loon Census:

  1. Select a lake using the lake selection table.

  2. Contact WCS’ Adirondack Program at adkloon@wcs.org or call (518) 891-8872 to let us know which lake you have selected

  3. Observe for loons at your chosen lake from 8:00 – 9:00 AM on Census Day

    • Conducting your observation from a boat, canoe, or kayak will be helpful to enable you to observe the full area of larger lakes.

    • Binoculars or a spotting scope will also enhance your experience on Census Day, and improve the information that you provide.

  4. Take the census form with you to your lake (if you have participated in the NY Loon Census previously, the form will be sent to you via mail or email in June or early July).

    • To complete the Census data form electronically and email it back to us, download the Microsoft Word version, fill in the gray boxes and double-click on the appropriate check boxes.

      • Please include a map of the lake where you conducted your survey as a separate attachment to your email.

      • Save the document

      • Add your lake name to the file name

  5. Return your census form by Aug. 1st via email to accp@wcs.org or:

    • Print the PDF Census Report form, fill in all the fields on Census Day, and mail back to WCS Adirondack Program, 132 Bloomingdale Ave., Suite 2, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 

Thank you for your time!

Your observations help conserve and protect Adirondack loons and their habitats!