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Loon Raft 2023: A Labor of Love
Tracy Hart, Director of the Maine Audubon Loon Restoration Project, David Morill, with Maine Audubon and Bill Powell, CLA Board Member gather before constructing the loon raft.
This wooden platform serves as the perfect base for the loon raft.
Tracy Hart gathers evergreen boughs to serve as the loon raft's canopy.
Gathering vegetation to make the raft cozy.
CLA Board member Bill Powell preparing the moss bed for the loon raft.
David Morill begins attaching the scaffold to the loon raft.
Assembly - Part II
The group diligently works on their tasks to construct the loon raft.
Assembly - Part III
Affixing the evergreen boughs to the canopy.
Hit the Water!
David and Tracy escort the loon raft into China Lake.
Tracy Hart looks on as David and Bill work to tow the loon raft to it's location for nesting season.
Nice and Easy!
Everything "is cool" with the raft as it embarks out onto the water.
"A 3-hr. Tooooour..."
OK, not really, but the ride was slow and steady down the shoreline...
With bedding applied and the loon raft securely tethered to the lake bottom, it's a wrap!
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