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Loon Natural History and Nesting Behavior (Loon-Friendly Lake Program)

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Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Loon Natural History and Nesting Behavior (Loon-Friendly Lake Program)

The ACLC’s Adirondack Loon-Friendly Lake Certification Program promotes community-based environmental stewardship to better protect loons and their aquatic habitats. This presentation is part 2 of a 4-part series.

This 1-hour zoom presentation is designed to give Loon-Friendly Lake Program participants an increased understanding of loon natural history and nesting behavior so that they may be better advocates for the loons that share their lake. By knowing more about loon behaviors such as courtship, nesting, feeding, fighting, and bathing, you will be better equipped to share your knowledge and passion for loons with friends and neighbors.

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Adirondack loons face many threats — some natural, and some caused by humans, including:

  • Loss of nesting habitat due to shoreline development

  • Human disturbance of loon nests and families

  • Injuries due to fishing line entanglement, boating accidents, predation, and fighting with other loons

  •  Flooding of nests due to water level changes from climate change related torrential rain events, or hydroelectric reservoir management

  •  Lead poisoning from accidentally consuming lead fishing tackle

  •  Environmental pollutants, including mercury and flame retardants, that  accumulate in the aquatic food web

  •  Avian diseases and parasites

By working together, Adirondack residents and visitors can help minimize and address many of these challenges to better protect Adirondack loons and the lakes they share with us and other wildlife. This program provides lake associations and other interested groups with guidelines and conservation projects to ensure that their lake continues to support breeding loons for years to come.

 Please Note: Although there is no charge to participate in the Adirondack Loon-Friendly Lake Program, a minimum annual donation of $100 is requested to help continue this program.