- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) - Wildlife officials say a pair of loons found nesting at the Markus Sanctuary in Moultonborough is waiting for their chicks to hatch, which is expected shortly after July 4.

Loon Preservation Committee executive director Harry Vogel tells The Laconia Citizen reports (https://bit.ly/28IFVYb ) the pair is nesting on a raft floated near the Loon Center on Lake Winnipesaukee each year.

Vogel says the July 4 hatching date is typical for New Hampshire, although close to half of loon births fail - mainly due to human interference. Officials say a minimum breeding success rate of .48 surviving chicks per loon pair is needed to maintain the bird’s population in the long run.

There were a total of 291 pairs of loons reported in the state last year.

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Information from: Citizen, https://www.citizen.com

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