All Things Loony – The Markus Sanctuary & Loon Center

Was it a 30-minute video or just 10?  I don’t remember, but I sat in my seat throughout and learned much about the life cycle of the loon, certainly an iconic species for New Hampshire, and in particular the Lakes Region.  Hopefully your kids will too.  If not, send them into the well-stocked gift shop here at the Loon Center in Moultonborough, owned and operated by NH Audubon.  Other than the movie and gift shop, there’s little reason to linger at the Loon Center so if you’re done with those two then get yourself outdoors and check out the trails.

Well-marked trails

Well-marked trails

A comfortable perch for birds of all sizes

A comfortable perch for birds of all sizes

The main attraction would be the Loon Nest Trail of little over a mile and a half.  It is flat but rocky (definitely not handicap accessible if that’s your thing) and interesting, with several good lookouts along the way.  It will definitely keep a child occupied, maybe even the teen clinging to his smartphone, too, although that may be just to avoid tripping on a boulder!

Get your ducks in a row...

Get all your ducks in a row…

A good year for winterberries, which many birds were enjoying

A good year for winterberries, which many birds were enjoying

Because this is one of those rare undeveloped pieces of Lake Winnipesaukee shoreline, you may be treated to some interesting wildlife.  Because this was November, during which I learned the loons are all down at the shore munching on seafood, I didn’t see any loons but you may be luckier if you visit in the spring or summer.  But I was able to see a pair of otters playing near the old beaver dams (yes they were otters) and lots of birds were enjoying the many winterberries that this autumn had in store.

The hemlock woods - dark and mossy

The hemlock woods – dark and mossy

Who broke my rock?

Who broke my rock?

Who knows what you’ll see?  Happy travels!

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