ACLC Outreach and Education
We invite the public to our many loon events and projects in the Adirondack area. Please check our calendar regularly for updates and details.
ACLC’s Newsletter: The Adirondack Tremolo
In The Adirondack Tremolo, we provide updates about BRI’s loon conservation efforts in and around New York’s Adirondack Park, and highlight upcoming events.
To subscribe to The Adirondack Tremolo, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at 888-749-5666 x145.
Current issue of The Adirondack Tremolo:
Follow Migrating Loons
Learn more about loon migration.
We offer two innovative school curricula for middle and high school students to learn about environmental conservation, the process of doing research, and the natural history of Common Loons. Educators: These are free curricula available for use in YOUR classes!
The web-based Science on the Fly! curriculum consists of two units:
- The Loon Migration unit teaches middle school students about scientific inquiry and the process of conducting scientific research.
- The Mercury and Acid Rain module teaches high school students about the ecological impacts of airborne pollutants using the Adirondack loon population as an indicator of aquatic ecosystems. In addition, participants in Science on the Fly! are encouraged to become involved in local conservation efforts by developing and implementing an Environmental Service Learning Project in their communities.
The Loon Scientists Program is a week-long interactive curriculum that teaches middle school students about loon natural history, threats to loons and their habitats, and conservation efforts to maintain loon populations in North America.
Note – the Loon Scientists Program is currently being revised.
Materials will be available for downloading in Fall of 2012.
Watch the Documentary, Call of the Loon
Biodiversity Research Institute, as part of the former Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program, is honored that our research about the impact of mercury pollution on the Adirondack loon population was featured in the PBS documentary Call of the Loon.
Hosted by Judy Woodruff, CNN anchor and former PBS contributor, this hour-long film enables the viewer to experience unique moments in the lives of Common Loons. Through these charismatic birds, the documentary provides an insightful overview of the problems caused by widespread mercury pollution in the northeastern United States. Mercury emissions spewing from Midwestern coal-fired power plants are tracked as the pollutants are blown eastward, contaminating the lakes of the Adirondack Park, and affecting fish, wildlife, and people.
For more information, or to purchase a DVD of Call of the Loon, contact: Mountain Lake PBS or
BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation.