If you find an injured loon…
We receive reports every summer of injured loons on our lakes and ponds or loons with their bills wrapped in fishing line. Unfortunately, Maine Audubon is not equipped to assist with any loon “rescues.” Here are some organizations that may be able to help:
- The Warden Service at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife: 207.287.8000.
- Avian Haven, an excellent rehab facility that can answer questions about sick or injured loons and provide guidance on what to do: 207.382.6761.
- Biologists from Biodiversity Research Institute are sometimes out trapping loons and may be able to assist if it is convenient to their work site, 207.839.7600.
If you find a dead loon…
The Biodiversity Research Institute collects dead loons from across New England to determine the cause of death.
If you find a dead loon and you are willing to collect the body, please double wrap it in two garbage bags and put it in a freezer. Next, please call Susan Gallo at 207.781.6180 x216 so she can add you to the Maine Audubon permit for bird collections. We will work to get the frozen carcass from you as soon as we can.