In 2014, KLWA began installing loon nesting platforms in key locations on Kezar Lake, Bradley Pond and Horseshoe Pond in the hope of ensuring survival of more loon chicks. The platforms are placed in early May and removed by August. We’ve assembled a team of volunteers to help with this effort, and we hope the loons will benefit.
How Does it Work?
This is a long-term project, as it will sometimes take several years before adult loons begin to use the platforms. As we expected, none of the platforms were used during the 2014 nesting season. Experts tell us that it can take several years before loons accept and begin to use these platforms.
Loon nesting platforms are small floating square islands that can help with both flooding and predation, as they not only rise and fall with water levels, but also have a cover that will help deter eagles, crows, and gulls from taking the eggs or chicks. We cannot stop the acid rain that brings the mercury or climate change that may be the cause of heavy rains, but we can create better nest sites and hope for the best.