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Help Keep Loons on Your Lake

If natural loon habitat is disappearing on your lake, an artificial nesting platform may help keep these icons of the North calling your waters home sweet home

By Brian M. Collins
Published: December 16, 2011
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Balance is essential to any conservation effort. If you’ve noticed fewer loons at your lake over the past few years, you may be able to help by improving their habitat. One option is to build an artificial nesting platform (ANP), a floating platform that you anchor in your lake. But before you do, it’s important to go through the proper channels. Some loon lovers have acquired permits to build ANPs, but experts recommend that your first approach is more hands-off than you might expect.

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