New York State's six-million-acre Adirondack Park, a globally recognized United Nations Biosphere Reserve, is one of the largest relatively intact forested landscapes in the northeastern U.S. Hundreds of Adirondack lakes and ponds provide a variety of breeding sites for Common Loons during the summer months.
BRI's Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation conducts scientific research, conservation, and outreach to provide wildlife managers and other decision makers, as well as the general public, the information needed to ensure that Common Loons remain an integral and vital part of New York’s wildlife heritage, and that their haunting calls continue to echo across Adirondack lakes for generations to come.
Common Loons are designated as a Species of Special Concern in New York State, as well as protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty. BRI's continued banding and migration research helps to better understand loon ecology, movements, and distribution (317 Adirondack loons have been banded since 1998). This research will help improve sustainable management of the species.
BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation relies on private contributions, in addition to funding from foundations, businesses, and our collaborators. Your generous gift enables us to conduct our innovative loon research and education projects in New York’s Adirondack Park, including the loon mercury scientific studies, multi-media public presentations, interactive school curricula, and our newsletter, The Adirondack Tremolo.