NY Annual Loon Census

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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. Results of the Census over time provide valuable information regarding the status and trends in New York's summer loon population.

The Census was initiated in 2001, and has been held annually since then. We are most grateful to the former Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program for their collaboration in coordinating the NY Loon Census from 2010-2018.

People all across New York are invited to participate in the Annual Loon Census and submit their observations from any lake in New York. PLEASE SIGN UP for a lake to help minimize duplication of reports for the same lake.   

To Participate in New York's

Annual Loon Census:

New for 2019! Select your Census lake and report your results online!

Many thanks to Steve Signell of AdirondackAtlas.org for his excellent help in developing this online Census lake selection and reporting tool.

  1. Check the map on adirondackatlas.org/adkloon, and click on the green dot for the lake where you want to conduct your observations. This will open up your email app so you send us an email to let us know your lake selection. Or, if you would like to survey a lake that has not been done in the past, please use the “Add Lake” tool and fill in the form that pops up.

  2. Note: If you observed on a Census lake last year, it is assumed you will participate again on the same lake this year unless you contact us to let us know you won’t be able to do so or would like to change to a different lake.

  3. Alternatively, if you do not want to select your lake online, please contact the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation at ny-loon-census@adkloon.org or call (518) 354-8636 to let us know which lake you have selected.

    • Please provide us with the lake name, county, and township, and your contact information.

  4. 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.

  5. You will receive an email with your password to enter your observations at adirondackatlas.org/adkloon or a 2019 NY Loon Census form will be sent or emailed to you if you do not want to report your results online.

  6. If you are sending back your results by mail, please include a map of the lake where you conducted your survey.

  7. Please enter your results online or return your census form by August 1st via email or to: PO Box 195, Ray Brook, NY 12977.

Thank you for your time!

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