Land of the loons: Majestic bird is visual, audio symbol of North Country

  • Article by: Bill Marchel , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 5, 2013 - 11:38 AM

Perhaps no other living creature represents Minnesota like the common loon. From its laughing call on a still summer evening to its frolicking courtship antics, the loon evokes our emotions both aurally and visually.

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tooty123Jul. 5, 1312:13 PM

Love the loon! Nothing better than to be camping and listening to the loon calls. What a beautiful bird!

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timandtiaJul. 6, 1310:46 AM

Yes, I grew up in MN. However, I did not really like water/lakes/etc. and I hated the hot/muggy summers. Just hate it! The one thing that I will always remember is the loons calling, just a wonderful sound. In fact, I got one of those new doorbells that have animal sounds on it - guess what sound did I place on it - of course the loon. If there is one sound I would like to be remembered by, it would be the loon!

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nodon7Jul. 7, 13 6:32 PM

I too grew up in MN and miss loon calls. Loved hearing that as a kid on one of the many lakes we vacationed on. My issue with this article is why not include a sound file or at least a link to a loon call? Startribune must realize that many former MN residents frequent this site? It is our link to home.

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