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HUBBARD COUNTY COLA: Learn how the Shoreland Management Ordinance protects our loons

You are invited to attend our Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) hybrid meetings on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m., beginning April 28 through October 27. They are open to the public.

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Our focus this year in educational topics pertains to our Minnesota state bird, the common loon (Gavia immer), and conservation-related areas to help preserve the loons over time.

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You are invited to attend our Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) hybrid meetings on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m., beginning April 28 through October 27. They are open to the public.

Email hccolamn@gmail.com to be placed on our “Friends of HC COLA” email list to receive the meeting details for in-person and Zoom registration.

If our presenters approve, we also record their presentation and place it on our COLA website for continuous education opportunities at your convenience to benefit our lakes area. Watch them at www.hubbardcolamn.org/presentations.html.

The beloved loon
This past winter – can I really state it as “past” as I look out the window at blizzard conditions, even as loons were observed in our area already on open waters, like the Fishhook River and Crow Wing River? – over half of the lake associations in Hubbard County began focusing on learning about what conditions best aid in the preservation of our beloved loons in our northern lakes area.

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These lake associations are creating Loon-Friendly Lake Management Plans with the help of the Minnesota Loon Restoration Project (www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/nongame/minnesota-loon-restoration-project.html).

Shoreland’s importanceOne of the most important conditions for the loon is the shoreland habitat around our lakes. The shoreland helps protect the water quality so that the loons can see to hunt their “prey.”

A flat shoreline protected by reeds to buffer the waves also provides natural nesting habitat. Loons don’t really walk on land to nest upland. They require the shoreline.

We are pleased that Bryan Haugen, Hubbard County assistant environmental services director, will cover these two educational topic areas that help our water quality for our loons:

  • Hubbard County’s 2022 Aquatic Invasive Species prevention program 
  • What’s new in the Hubbard County Shoreland Management Ordinance No. 17, Amendment 20, last updated Aug. 17, 2021.

Haugen will present in-person at our April 28 hybrid meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church.
Did you know that the purpose of the county’s Shoreland Management Ordinance is for preserving and enhancing the quality of surface waters, preserving the economic and natural environmental values of shorelands, and providing for the wise utilization of waters and related land resources?

The common loon is part of the ambience that makes our lakes area a popular summer retreat!

Each of these topic areas that Haugen will cover on April 28 will add to our knowledge base and help us make even better decisions for healthy water quality for our special summer guest, the common loon.

Yes, summer is just around the corner, any day now!

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Members of the Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations write a monthly column in the Enterprise regarding water-related opportunities in the region.

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