Biologists Anderson and Smith prepared loon platforms on area King County lakes.
State Listed Common Loon Efforts: Biologists Anderson and Smith checked on territories on the Snoqualmie Tree Farm. No loons were seen on Lynch, Calligan, Hancock or Klaus Lakes. Loon nesting platforms were deployed at Calligan and Klaus in anticipation of birds arriving. The platform at Calligan was used for nesting last year, however, the birds were unsuccessful. One of their eggs apparently hatched but the chick did not survive (predated?) and the other egg was non-viable.
Lead tack restriction signage erected by Fish Program had been vandalized and removed at Calligan. Anderson and Smith put a new sign up.
Monitoring of these (and other) areas will occur during spring and summer to document active territories and nesting attempts. While conducting this work western toads were observed just starting to call on Klaus; indicating breeding soon to come.