Launching the Loon Platform

As my former neighbors Jim and Donna moved away last year, they bequeathed their year-old loon nesting platform to me.  During its brief stint on the lake last year, a few loons looked it over but didn’t use it.  The platform did play frequent host to a pair of ducks that simply used it as a sunning platform.

After a bit of research, I learned that the platform needed to be positioned in a different part of the lake.  It needed to be in 4 to 5 feet of water, and at least 50 feet from shore, preferably near a marshy area.  Furthermore, it needed some shelter from winds and waves.  The only place on Thayer Lake that fit the bill was 1/4 mile directly across from the house, in a little naturally sheltered cove.

With a new destination selected, I prepared the nesting platform as instructed.  I picked shoreline reeds to build up the central area of the nest, and connected a pair of concrete anchors to opposite corners of the frame.  I then launched the platform from the front of the pontoon boat.  Now, it’s up to the loons.  Time will tell.

About Kevin Forth

Always learning, Kevin is an IT professional that likes to tinker with electronics, motorcycles, and whatever he can take apart.

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2 Comments on “Launching the Loon Platform”

  1. Kev, The Loon’s couldn’t ask for a better, more informed advocate in YOU!!!! I’m am continually proud of you…………………..

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