I am counting the days to my beloved Loons' return. I promise to be a good loon ranger. I promise to pick up any discarded fishing line I find in the lake. I promise to shoot my photos from a comfortable distance. Hopefully they find all my promises acceptable. (And yes - my friends and family still laugh about the fact that I'm a Michigan Loon Ranger. I wish I had authority to fine them penalities!)
We're headed up to the log cabin. My hubby had a rough week at work with a bad ex-employee so I think a weekend of snow shoeing and birdwatching is just what the doctor ordered. Have a good weekend and I will catch up with all of your blogs on Sunday. (Maybe a few before then if the dial up at the cabin doesn't drive me crazy first!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Had to share this amazing story from the March 2008 Loon Echoes newsletter from Joanne C. Williams at Michigan Loonwatch.It seems as Loon Rangers observe the same Loons frequently, keeping a careful distance and not disturbing them - that the Loon will begin to trust you. They seem to understand that they are not in danger from the Loon Rangers.
One Loon came to a Ranger's cottage for its' chick that was in trouble. "They act much as a cat or dog would when wanting someone to follow them, calling to win attention and then moving away and returning in a gesture that seemed to say 'Please follow.' When the Ranger did, he found "a chick was struggling hard to stay afloat while being caught and pulled down by something under the water. The Ranger lifted the chick out and found a small turtle holding onto the little bird's foot. The young one was freed and returned to the parents waiting only three feet away."
I was not only touched by the Loon Ranger's dedication to helping the Loon, but by the devotion and sophistication of the Loon parents to seek help.
Monday, June 23, 2008
I would like to introduce you to my new little friends I will be watching over "officially" in my new capacity as a Loon Ranger. As some of you may already know, I am just crazy about the Loons (no pun intended) and I worry about their decreasing population, especially in Michigan. So I got to thinking how I could help and thought about the returning Loon pair that is on a bordering lake to our log cabin. Next thing you know - I'm contacting the Michigan Loonwatch and they assign me to the pair I've come to know and love. I'm reading over the manual and looking forward to reporting on their activities as well as tracking their progress a little more closely from my kayak. The pictures below are the first shots I have of their 2 babies (I was far away on shore unfortunately) - I hope to post better ones soon. I feel like a proud mom as well as a lioness who will defend and protect her cubs. Now I just need some names for them....