Loon Conservation in the Adirondacks

Get the Lead — and Fishing Line — Out!

Sometimes loons die from lead poisoning when they eat fish with broken tackle lines still attached. To increase angler awareness of this significant cause of mortality in adult loons, we worked with our collaborators to conduct a “lead sinker exchange” program throughout the Adirondack Park from 2002-2004. In 2004, New York legislators enacted a law that bans the sale of small lead sinkers in the state. However, lead poisoning in Adirondack loons continues to be a problem each breeding season. Additionally, the incidence of loons suffering from fishing line entanglement has increased substantially in recent years.

BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, in partnership with other conservation organizations in the Adirondacks, will soon be expanding our outreach efforts to inspire anglers in the Park to fish responsibly by using non-lead fishing tackle and collecting abandoned fishing line.

Please check this website periodically for more updates about our outreach efforts regarding
lead fishing tackle and fishing line entanglement!

Loons and People: Guidlines for "Nesting" Together on Adirondack Lakes

Lakeshore development and boating recreational activities have increased substantially on lakes in the Northeast and in New York’s Adirondack Park over recent decades, leading to a higher frequency of disturbance of breeding loons. The publication, Loons and People: Guidelines for “Nesting” Together on Adirondack Lakes, is a valuable educational and management resource to help protect Common Loons and enhance their breeding habitat in Northern New York and throughout their summer range.

This publication was developed by Amanda Marino, an intern with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program in partnership with BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation and other organizations. Her work was funded in part by Wild Gift.
The handy tri-fold brochure of this report can be found here.

Join BRI's Loon Conservation Efforts in the Adirondack Park!

Our volunteers provide valuable assistance by helping field staff monitor banded loons, participating in the Annual Loon Census, conducting reconnaissance for the loon banding/sampling fieldwork, and participating in education programs. Your observations of loon behavior help to contribute to our understanding of this majestic and unique icon of the Adirondack Park and its northern waterways.

If you are interested, you, too, can learn firsthand about the wildlife in the Adirondack Park and gain a better appreciation of this beautiful symbol of the wilderness and northern lakes.

Become a Volunteer with BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation!

To volunteer with BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, contact us at 888-749-5666 x145 or adkloon@briloon.org.