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DEC wildlife technician holds a male loon captured on Garnet Lake
DEC wildlife technician holds a male loon captured on Garnet Lake

Up close and personal with loons in the Adirondacks

So how many loons have you seen this summer? Jonathan Brown has only seen a couple. And, since the newest member of our news team just moved to the North Country this past winter, he wanted to see more of the birds. A recent loon study on Garnet Lake gave him the chance. He produced this audio postcard after tagging along with biologists from the Wildlife Conservation Society.  Go to full article

True nature lovers honored this weekend

Eleven New Yorkers, including three North Country residents, will be inducted into the Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame in Utica Saturday. Franklin Cean, of Jefferson County, Robert Brown of Franklin County and Gary Lee, of Inlet, will be honored this weekend for their lifetime of service in the outdoors. Todd Moe spoke with Gary Lee, who spent 35 years as a Forest Ranger in the Old Forge area, about his career and outdoor hobbies.  Go to full article

Annual Loon Count this Saturday

This year's census of loons on lakes in and around the Adirondacks is Saturday. Volunteer observers are needed to record the number of loons and chicks observed in a one-hour period, from 8 to 9 in the morning. Nina Schoch, Program Coordinator of the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program, says data from Saturday's Loon Count provides a quick glimpse of the status of the loon population in the Adirondacks and the summering loon population in New York State. She told Todd Moe the data will be used by the state DEC to better monitor the loon population and to implement management efforts if needed. For more information, call 518-891-8836, or email: aclp2-prgm-mgr@juno.com  Go to full article
Adirondack loons fitted with radio transmitters (Source:  ACLP)
Adirondack loons fitted with radio transmitters (Source: ACLP)

Satellites Track Adk Loons To Their Winter Grounds & Back Again

Yesterday, we profiled Nina Schoch, head of the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program. Schoch has been studying loons for six years, measuring their exposure to acid rain and mercury and trying to get an accurate measure of the birds' population. This morning, Brian Mann talks with Schoch about a program developed two years ago that tracks loons using satellites and radio transmitters. The goal was to discover exactly where Adirondack loons spend their winters.  Go to full article

Tagging Loons in the Adirondacks

For five years, the Adirondack Cooperative Loon program has been studying one of the North Country's most iconic birds. Loons have been tested for mercury contamination. They've also been tagged with radio transmitters and satellites to help scientists understand their migrations to the Atlantic Coast. Brian Mann reports that capturing and testing loons is a tricky and time-consuming job. Tomorrow he'll talk with loon program director Nina Schoch about this winter's findings.  Go to full article
Photo by Nina Schoch
Photo by Nina Schoch

Annual Loon Census Begins Saturday Morning

This year's census of loons on lakes in and around the Adirondacks is Saturday morning. Volunteer observers are needed to record the number of adult loons, chicks, and immature loons observed in a one-hour period, from 8 to 9 in the morning. Nina Schoch, Program Coordinator of the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program, says data from Saturday's Loon Count provides a quick glimpse of the status of the breeding loon population in the Adirondacks and the summering loon population in New York. She told Todd Moe the data will be used by the state DEC to better monitor the loon population and to implement management efforts if needed. For more information, call 518-891-8836, or email: aclp2@juno.com  Go to full article

Kids Build Loon Nests

The haunting call of the Common Loon has become a symbol of wild northern lakes. But as homes, marinas, and resorts are built on these lakes, the loons are losing the places where they like to nest. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Tamar Charney reports, some people are hoping artificial nests might help.  Go to full article

Study: High Mercury Levels in Adirondack Loons

The final report from a study of mercury levels in Adirondack loons is out. It finds that 17 percent of the birds scientists sampled last summer had high enough levels of mercury to affect their reproduction and behavior. The findings suggest that acid rain's effects on the Adirondack Park have spread throughout the food chain. But the long term effects are still to be determined. Brian Mann was with the researchers late last summer, and reported on what were then the preliminary findings.  Go to full article

Loon Mercury Study Final Report

Martha Foley talks with Adirondack loon researcher Nina Schoch about the final report from the loon and mercury study, other threats to loons in the Adirondacks, and a census coming up later this month.  Go to full article

Anglers Urged to Hand In Lead Sinkers

Officials are urging anglers to trade in their lead sinkers for tin and steel alternatives. State wildlife officials and environmentalists say the sinkers can poison and even kill loons. The Legislature is considering banning the sale of lead sinkers of one-half-ounce or less. Martha Foley talks with Dr. Nina Schoch who has helped to organize a sinker exchange program.
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