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Researchers Rick Grey and Nina Schoch weigh an adult loon. Photo courtesy Biodiversity Research Institute's Center for Loon Conservation
Researchers Rick Grey and Nina Schoch weigh an adult loon. Photo courtesy Biodiversity Research Institute's Center for Loon Conservation

Loons sound alarm on mercury pollution

The Adirondacks' beloved icon, the Common Loon, has left for its winter home on the Atlantic coast.

Loons have enjoyed unprecedented population growth over the last 30 years. They outlived DDT and a time when people used to shoot loons for sport. But a recent study says things could have been even better. This time the culprit is mercury pollution.  Go to full article

Logging, rubber loon race in Newcomb

The Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb will try a new twist on the "rubber duck race" on Saturday, using rubber loons instead. The event is part of the center's celebration of its first anniversary under the leadership of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Proceeds will support educational programs at the center.

The event will focus on the two most iconic symbols of human and natural history in the Adirondacks: logs and loons. Some 500 black-and-white rubber loons will be dropped into the Rich Lake outlet for a 425-yard floating race. Prizes will be awarded for those who sponsored the winners. Visitor's center program coordinator Paul Hai told Todd Moe that a California company, CelebriDucks, manufactured the rubber loons for the race.  Go to full article
Loon on Lake Ozonia, submitted as Photo of the Day 7/7/10. Photo: Joe Woody
Loon on Lake Ozonia, submitted as Photo of the Day 7/7/10. Photo: Joe Woody

DEC steps up loon protection

Environmental officials say they've seen an "unusual" amount of loon harassment in the Adirondacks this summer.

As Jonathan Brown reports, police with the state's Department of Environmental Conservation issued three tickets for separate incidents in June and July.  Go to full article
(photo: Nina Schoch)
(photo: Nina Schoch)

Loon populations increasing in Adirondacks

The call of the loon in the Adirondacks might be heard more these days. Data collected by the Adirondack Loon Conservation Program show loon populations have increased and stabilized over the last eight years. Todd Moe talks with loon biologist Nina Schoch, who says loons are regularly spotted on 75% of the lakes in the region where the birds have been counted since 2001. She attributes part of their rebound to a recovery from the impacts of the pesticide DDT.  Go to full article

Die-off of birds on Great Lakes investigated

More than 100 dead loons and other migratory birds have washed up on the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie in the past week. State officials suspect botulism. Similar die-offs have become a yearly event since 2000. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
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:  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

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