Big update, and thank you GMP

Hi to all,
It’s a long update, there has been a lot going on in our loon world.
The only sad news is that the boat came out on Saturday. The day was perfect and

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I just happened into our chick just north of the island. It was feeding alone then but today I saw two way out in front of the camp. I could tell one was immature and hopefully our chick but I couldn’t tell of the other was adult or another young one. Either way, it’s good.

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Coming up towards the access, you can see we still have a little color. If fact, the yellows and golds are still plentiful throughout the area but my timing has been bad for getting pictures.

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If you look back at the note I sent on 10/11, you can refresh your memory on the story of the loons on Silver Lake and at Goshen Dam. Well, we had perfect weather yesterday morning and this is us at the upper parking area access to Silver Lake. We started by shifting the new raft and all Eric’s equipment from his 2WD to Sally’s 4WD for the trip down the hill.

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I had to throw this picture in there just so you could see Sally’s license plate. Now you all can toot and wave when you see her.

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Everything was then then loaded onto his

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(80 or more lb. raft so the center of gravity would be ???)

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and Allon and Marianne W’s canoe for the trip to the far end where it was placed close to this year’s suspected nesting site. In the middle, that’s Angela A. who came down from Craftsbury with Eric to help out. They offered me a ride but I said I needed the exercise and I walked. The chick and one adult are still there at Silver Lake and in spite of the fact that the chick has likely not seen a canoe or kayak before, the loons were not at all bothered by their presence.

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Then, they did it all again at Goshen Dam with our even heavier raft. The water level is way down there because of work being done on the dam.

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The bad news for the helpers was that Eric chose to place it as far from the access area as possible to limit human intrusion. That would be at the top of this picture so that meant that they

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had to carry it almost as far as they canoed. That’s something close to 100 lbs. they are carrying across the muck.

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It was a fairly long day for the local folks and a very long day for Eric and Angella so a very special thanks to Eric Hanson, Angela Apicelli (summer VCE helper with Eric but volunteer today), Marianne and Allon Wildgust, and Sally Bordon. If any one of you weren’t there, the job couldn’t have been done. Also thanks to GMP’s John Murphy, Owen Stolarcyk, and Beth Eliason for your support. We could not have done it without you either.
And I’ll finish with a much less tiring picture, taken this evening from the deck. For those of you away, it was 60’s today and we have snow forecast for Saturday. Mike

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