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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:23

Maine Loonatics

ELLSWORTH - Keeping track of Maine's loon population is no easy task. That's why each July thousands of volunteers known as 'citizen scientists' gather on Maine's lakes and ponds to assist the Maine Audubon in its annual loon count. It's a project that was started 31 years ago when very little was known about the iconic bird.

"I'm no loon expert, I just like them," said volunteer David Moores of New Hampshire. This was Moores's second year participating in the count with his kids. "My three daughters did a whole lot of research on the loon habitat which concluded with participating in the loon count last year. This is the educational piece of our summer vacation."

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