Eric Hanson, biologist with the Vermont Loon Recovery Project, drew a capacity crowd for this presentation at the Mount Holly Town Library. The audience learned that just 25 years ago, common loons were disappearing from Vermont, with only 10 nesting pairs statewide. Now there are over 60 pairs — and the loons on Lake Ninevah have played a major role. The chicks they’ve produced since 1995 have likely helped colonize seven nearby water bodies.

(Photo by Ray Richer)

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