National Loon Center Foundation seeks donations

The National Loon Center Foundation is seeking donations. Submitted Photo

The National Loon Center Foundation recently launched a public awareness campaign, "Answer the Call," asking donors to help make an impact by visiting and clicking on "join" and "shop" at the top of the page.

The National Loon Center is featuring limited edition donor gifts, as well as online shopping and volunteer sign up.

It’s predicted that loons won't live in Minnesota by 2080. The beautiful haunting call of the loon is more than just a call of the wild. It's an alarm for the future. Loons need clean freshwater to survive. And that is being threatened. That is why the foundation is building the National Loon Center in Crosslake.

Donors will receive exclusive National Loon Center merchandise as a thank you.

"Additionally, by purchasing National Loon Center merchandise and/or volunteering, you personally help create awareness and support our loons. The impact will be positive, and very visible," Carla White, secretary and treasurer for the National Loon Center Foundation, said in a news release. "Our website supports shopping locally by partnering with Crosslake-owned NMN, Inc. Advertising Wholesale and Distributors, and Minnesota-based GLS Precision Marketing & Fulfillment. Campaign creation is by Adventure Creative Group owner Scott Mitchell from the Brainerd lakes area."


The NLC needs to raise $6 million to fund the construction of the building. The Environmental Natural Resource Trust Fund has already committed $4 million to the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given a $2 million in-kind lease and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation has given $750,000. Additionally, more than $1 million has been donated by private philanthropy and community members

Unfortunately, COVID-19 restrictions over the past year have all but eliminated the National Loon Center Foundation's planned events and campaigns to raise money for the future center. However, loons and freshwater ecosystems still need help. The National Loon Center is asking the community to join, support and "Answer the Call."

The National Loon Center's mission is to be an interactive educational destination that will transform visitors into champions for loons and fresh water everywhere. The NLC is a registered nonprofit supported by volunteers. To learn more or to donate, go to

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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