National Loon Center to host 3rd annual loon calling contest

Judges will include National Loon Center staff and prizes will be awarded to the winners of the two age groups.

A loon parent swims with a baby chick on Lake Hubert.
A loon chick, born Tuesday, June 14, 2022, follows its parent into a bay on Lake Hubert. The other adult loon was still sitting on the remaining egg.
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CROSSLAKE — The hoot, the tremolo, the yode and the wail.

These are four of the most well-known calls of the common loon. The National Loon Center is calling all loon lovers to try their hand at imitating these vocalizations at the third annual Loon Calling Contest 3 p.m. Sept. 24, at the gazebo in Crosslake Town Square during Crosslake Days.

There will be two age groups for the contest: adult/teenager (13 and older) and youths (12 and under). To register for the contest, stop into the National Loon Center’s informational center in Crosslake Town Square, The Nest, between 1-3 p.m. the day of the event.

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Judges will include National Loon Center staff and prizes will be awarded to the winners of the two age groups.

The annual Crosslake Days Fall Festival is Sept. 22-24. At 6 p.m. Sept. 22, the National Loon Center and the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association will host another round of the popular Loons and Lakes Trivia at 14 Lakes Craft Brewing Co. New questions will feature Crosslake fun facts and trivia-goers will also have the chance to participate in a lead tackle exchange. Bring in old lead tackle and receive a sample pack of loon-safe, lead-free tackle from Get the Lead Out MN.


This will also be the first year the loon center will participate in the Chili Cook Off, vying for the Golden Ladle. Chili sampling will be noon to 3 p.m. or until the chili is gone Sept. 24.

The National Loon Center aims to restore and protect loon breeding habitats, enhance responsible recreation and serve as a national leader in advancing loon and freshwater research. The center’s world-class facility is slated to open to the public in 2024 and will be an interactive and family-friendly educational destination, a news release stated.

To support the National Loon Center’s mission, visit .

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