A six-million-acre mosaic of public and private lands, the Adirondack Park is the mainstay of the breeding population of Common Loons in New York State. Periodic surveys indicate that New York’s loon population has been gradually increasing in size and expanding its range across the state since the 1970s.
The loon is a key biosentinel of aquatic integrity for lakes and near shore marine ecosystems across North America. In 2013, The Ricketts Conservation Foundation initiated the largest conservation study for the Common Loon. Research for the Restore the Call project, conducted by BRI, covers three major areas of North America including New York. The goal is to strengthen breeding populations in their existing range and to restore loons to their former breeding range. This work will advance our understanding of loon ecology and allow us to apply that knowledge to help restore the integrity of ecosystems where loons once thrived. A state working group and an associated conservation plan will be developed in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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