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Mercury levels dropping, but still widespread
By Shaun Kittle
Adirondack loons aren't out of the woods yet.
Nina Schoch, coordinator of the Biodiversity Research Institute's Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, said the iconic Adirondack birds are still exhibiting the detrimental effects of mercury pollution, although some of her colleagues say the worst of it might be over.
BRI's loon mercury project has been ongoing since 1998. It started with about 50 birds, and now they've banded more than 300 birds and taken samples from more than 400. Sometimes BRI scientists sample chicks that they don't band.
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