National Loon Center to Host 3rd Annual Loon Calling Contest – Brainerd Dispatch


CROSSLAKE — The hoot, tremolo, yode and moan.

These are four of the common loon’s most well-known calls. The National Loon Center is calling on all loon lovers to try their hand at mimicking these vocalizations during the third annual Loon Calling Contest at 3 p.m. September 24 at the Crosslake Town Square Lookout during Crosslake Days.

There will be two age groups for the contest: adult/teen (13 and up) and youth (12 and under). To enter the contest, stop by the National Loon Center Information Center at Crosslake Town Square, The Nest, between 1-3 p.m. on the day of the event.

The judges will include staff from the National Loonie Center and prizes will be awarded to winners in both age groups.

The annual Crosslake Days fall festival runs September 22-24. At 6 p.m. on September 22, the National Loon Center and the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association will host another round of popular loon and lake trivia games at 14 Lakes Craft Brewing Co. New questions will feature fun facts about Crosslake and trivia enthusiasts will also have the chance to participate in a lead material exchange. Bring in old lead material and receive a sample of lead-free, safe material from Get the Lead Out MN.

This will also be the first year that the loon center will participate in the Chili Cook Off, vying for the Golden Ladle. Chilli sampling will take place from noon to 3 p.m. or until the chilli is gone on September 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 expected to open to the public in 2024 and will be an interactive, family-friendly educational destination, according to a press release.

To support the mission of the National Loon Center, visit



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