This past year the Conservation and Research Foundation supported the work of Dr. Nina Schoch and the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. The Center is the result of a new collaboration between the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Adirondack Program and the BioDiversity Research Institute (BRI) to address threats to loons and their habitats, including mercury pollution, shoreline development, human disturbance, and lead toxicity.  The Adirondack Center builds on conservation and research efforts of the BRI’s International Center for Loon Conservation, and continues the applied science and community-based conservation work of the WCS.  The common loon has been one of the WCS’ landscape species in their Adirondack program, along with the black bear, moose, American marten, and boreal birds.

Quoting from the WCS’ Adirondack Tremolo newsletter (Vol. 9, Issue 1):

“The Wildlife Conservation Society has been proud to be part of regional loon conservation since 2001. We view this enhanced partnership with BRI as an exciting opportunity to ensure the protection of Adirondack wildlife,” says Zoë Smith, Director of
WCS’ Adirondack Program. “BRI has always been a trusted partner and colleague, and they bring exceptional exposure of such issues as mercury’s effects on wildlife to policy makers and the public. We are delighted to continue to work with Dr. Schoch, and to strengthen our collaboration with BRI to better protect loons in the Northeast.”

The CRF is delighted to have helped support this work and new partnership.  There are a variety of ways you can get involved in Loon conservation: Adopt a loon, participate in the annual Adirondack loon surveys, learn more about how people and loons can live better together, or visit the new home page of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation to directly support these efforts.