New Loon Committee Needs Volunteers for Programs Throughout Summer

Loon Programs Overview


GCOLA has formed a new Loon Committee, and we need you!  We are expanding our mission from surveying the loon population to protecting our loons.  There are many new volunteer opportunities to fit anyone’s summer schedule.  Meeting attendance is not required.  Programs include the Loon Survey, the Loon-Safe Boating Program and Loon Caution Sign Program. Level of involvement may be whatever you choose.

All About Loons

Loon Survey


Loon-Safe Boating Program

Loon Caution Sign Program

Tips for Loon Safe Boating


How to Get Involved:  Sign up for the Loon Survey and the Loon-Safe Boating Program is on the GCOLA website soon. 


To get involved with any of these volunteer opportunities, please email Jane Edwards,  Please join us to “get loony” and volunteer to protect our loons!

The Loon Preservation Committee in New Hampshire has given us permission to share their detailed information on Loon preservation.  Click here access their website.

Click on the video below to hear the loons calling at sunset on the Gull chain of lakes.

Copyright Sheila Farrell Johnston


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Our Loon Photo Gallery

Photographer’s Statement
Sheila Farrell Johnston is a Master Naturalist and photographer. Sheila monitors loons on the Gull Chain of Lakes. She can often be found paddling her kayak on Upper Gull and the nearby lakes checking on “her loons”. She photographs the loons from her kayak and uses a long lens which enables her to keep a respectful distance. Two of the pairs on Upper Gull have come to see her as a friend and often swim over to the front of her bow or pop up next to her kayak, allowing her to capture intimate moments between adults and chicks.