“Friends – as many of you know, a pair of loons attempted to nest along our shoreline last spring, near a private dock. The female laid two eggs and began incubating them, but the nest was eventually abandoned, presumably due to too much human activity in the area. This year, in an effort to give our loons a better and more private place to nest, I was able to acquire a loon nest platform (floating island) from the US Forest Service office in Watersmeet, where I used to work. It is a simple floating platform, about 3 ft. X 3ft. in size, made of PVC pipe, covered by screen and fabric. The nest is anchored to the bottom with two ropes tied to cinder blocks. When the ice all goes off the lake, a few of us will tow the platform behind a small boat, and anchor it to the bottom in a location that should be suitable for loons to nest (the exact location is not yet determined). There is no guarantee that the loons will utilize the platform this year, but in my experience, loons are quickly attracted to these platforms, as they resemble small islands. Loons typically nest on islands if they are available, as they offer protection from mammalian predators such as racoons, skunks, and fox.
When you are boating on the lake this year, PLEASE STAY A REASONABLE DISTANCE FROM THIS FLOATING NEST PLATFORM. The platform will be placed near the shoreline in fairly shallow water, so it should be readily visible, and should not be a hazard to boaters. When loons are incubating eggs, they are very sensitive to human disturbance. So, someone fishing or just taking photographs too close to the platform can easily spook them off of the nest. If that happens, the eggs can chill within a short period of time, and the nest can fail. So, please keep your distance from the platform when boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, etc..
Also, please spread the word to other lake users who do not normally access the Silver Lake POA website, that this loon nest platform will be placed on our lake this year. It would be great if everyone who uses the lake is aware of it, and keeps a safe distance away from it. It only takes one person to disturb the nest for a few hours to cause it to fail, and I don’t think any of us want that to happen.
Let’s hope our loons will take to this nest platform and hatch a couple of loon chicks on our lake this year…….that would be awesome!
If anyone has questions or comments, please direct them to me…..I’ll be glad to answer them.
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP, EVERYONE!! ” Bob Evans