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7/11/07 – Loon chicks have started to hatch in the BWCAW. These tiny chicks leave the shore and their nests behind within 12 to 24 hours of hatching. It is speculated that these loons may not touch land again until they begin to breed in a number of years. During the first few weeks of life baby loons are under constant care from either parent, and are often seen riding on the back of a parent for safety. As with all wildlife close contact with humans can be damaging. Always remember to give loons and their chicks ample space.
A loon family fishes on Grace Lake
John Breslin enjoys the loons from afar