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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 or contact us at 888-749-5666 x145.

Current issue of The Adirondack Tremolo:

Follow Migrating Loons

Join our scientists as they track satellite-tagged Adirondack loons through their migration south to wintering grounds and again north in the spring.
Learn more about loon migration.

USGS Loon Study website

School Curricula

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:

To download the Science on the Fly! Teacher’s Manual and find out more about Science on the Fly!, go to

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

Call of the Loon - Mountain Lake PBSBiodiversity 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.

We are extremely grateful to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Holder Family Foundation, and many other donors for underwriting the Call of the Loon. We would like to thank Mountain Lake PBS for generously donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Call of the Loon DVD to support BRI's Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (formerly part of the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program). The Call of the Loon, directed and produced by Anjalika Sharma and Carol Blakeslee-Collin, was distributed nationally in the fall of 2006. Contact your local public broadcasting station to request that it be shown in your area!
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.


Informational Brochures and Publications

Schoch, N. and A. Jackson. 2011. Adirondack Loons – Sentinels of Mercury Pollution in New York’s Aquatic Ecosystems. BRI Report #2011-29, Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
Kenow, K.P. D. Adams, N. Schoch, D. C. Evers, W. Hanson, D. Yates, L. Savoy, T. J. Fox, A. Major, R. Kratt, J. W. Ozard. 2009. Migration Patterns and Wintering Range of Common Loons Breeding in the Northeastern United States. Waterbirds 32(2): 234-247.
Schoch, N. 2008. Common Loon (Gavia immer). McGowan, K.J. and K. Corwin, eds. The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.
Schoch, N. 2002. The Common Loon in the Adirondack Park: An Overview of Loon Natural History and Current Research. WCS Working Paper No. 20. 64pp.
Schoch, N. and D. C. Evers. 2002. Monitoring Mercury in Common Loons: New York Field Report, 1998-2000. Report BRI 2001-01 submitted to U.S. Fish Wildl. Serv. and New York State Dept. Environ. Conservation. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME.