We’re excited! We, Alice, Lottie, and Lola, are square dance loons from Minnesota who were released into the world of square dancing by Jane, the “travel” lady, on August 14, 2010, on the TV Show, Friendship Set To Music. Our mission is to travel from square dance to square dance, hopefully increasing all the fun and fellowship that square dancing exudes. We hope to see YOU at a square dance! Maybe we can go home with you for a few days! Each person who takes us will post a photo and a short story about where we are and what we’re doing. Go to our individual pages to see what’s happening in our “looney,” adventure-filled lives.
Our “looney” family history
The loon is Minnesota’s state bird. We are known for our incredible diving skills and for our loud and mournful calls, which are often described as crazy laughter. For this reason, we are sometimes referred to as “spirits of the wilderness.”
When we’re adults, we mate for life and return to the same area every year to breed. Loons lay two eggs in May or June, and Mom and Dad both take turns to incubate them during the next month. Our chicks leave their nest within a day or two and ride on our backs so they keep their soft, downy feathers warm and dry. We both feed them until they are two or three months old, at which time they learn to fly and are able to fend for themselves.
Our bones are solid so the extra weight helps us dive as deep as 250’ to search for food, and we can stay underwater for up to five minutes; the red in our eyes helps us to see underwater. We can fly more than 75 mph and can live for 30 years.