The Montana Loon Society is offering cash prizes for the greatest number of 2015 observations of unique banded loons or confirmed unbanded breeding loons!

One $200 award will go for the most observations of banded and unbanded breeding loons reported by May 31, another $200 award will go for the most observations (cumulatively) reported by July 20, and one $100 award will be decided by a random drawing from all individuals who submitted at least one observation. Federal and State government employees are not eligible for the cash reward if they observe loons as part of their job. Send band observations to Chris Hammond of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks ( before these dates. The most useful band reports are the ones that come in to Chris as soon as possible, so send them in as you see them, even if you are not 100% sure of your observation. Qualified observations will be determined and counted solely by Chris. See the reverse side for information about how to observe and report loon bands. Winners will be announced at the summer meeting of the Montana Common Loon Working Group on July 22th-July 23th.


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Photo credit:  Dan Poleschook & Ginger Gumm

Photo credit: Dan Poleschook & Ginger Gumm

This contest is generously funded by Plum Creek Timber Company.

Loons are very sensitive. Please enjoy them at a distance.