Give the loons some leeway.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sent out a news release on Friday asking Minnesotans — and our guests — to watch out for common loons when you’re on the water this weekend. And give them some space.
The DNR says this is one of the two most hazardous weekends of the year for loons because they are incubating eggs just as the three-day weekend draws huge throngs of people to our lakes.
Here’s the guideline: Whether you’re in a boat, a canoe or a kayak, stay at least 100 feet away from loon nests to avoid scaring loons from their eggs. If the loon leaves the nest, crows, ravens or gulls could spot the exposed eggs and eat them before the loon returns.
And after all, the loon is our state bird.
The other problematic weekend, the DNR says, is around the Fourth of July holiday.
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