Loon Plates Get Free Park Weekend 

One of Maine’s most popular birds is giving drivers a chance to enjoy some of the state’s most treasured sites this weekend. All for free.This Saturday and Sunday is loon plate weekend.Drivers with loon license plates get two days of free admission to any Maine state park or historical site.Since it first was introduced in 1995, the loon plate program has raised more than 13-million dollars for the department of conservation and inland fisheries and wildlife.Speaking of loons, more than a thousand citizen-scientist volunteers will head out on Maine lakes and ponds from this Saturday morning, rain or shine, to conduct the annual loon count.It takes place from 7 to 7:30 a.m.