The Maine Audubon Society says its latest loon count recorded the highest number of chicks since the count began in 1983, but the number of adult loons continues to decline.
Results from last year’s chick tally contrast sharply with 2006, when the count revealed the lowest number of chicks on record.
The number of adult loons was down for the second year in a row.
The count takes place each year in July from 7 to 7:30 in the morning.
More than 800 volunteer counters are assigned areas of lakes across the state.