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Conservation Through the Lives of Adirondack Loons @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Peebles Island State Park Visitors Center, 1 Delaware Ave., Waterford, NY 12188

Time: 7:00pm start

This engaging presentation provides an overview of Common Loon natural history and behavior, as well as discusses the research, outreach, and conservation efforts of Biodiversity Research Institute’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation.

The presentation will also address the conservation concerns affecting Common Loon populations and habitats. Long-lived and at the top of the aquatic food web, loons breed throughout New York’s Adirondack Park. However, their populations are affected by numerous factors, from pollution to human disturbance. Using the charismatic loon as a sentinel, BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation researches the impact of mercury pollution on aquatic ecosystems. BRI and its partners have also studied the migratory patterns of Adirondack loons, their population trends, and informed the public and policy-makers about conservation through their outreach programs.

BRI, a nonprofit ecological research group based in Portland, Maine, conducts innovative wildlife science worldwide.

Dr. Nina Schoch is a wildlife veterinarian with Biodiversity Research Institute of Portland, Maine and coordinates BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation in New York. She has a veterinary degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, a master’s degree in Natural Resources/Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology-Behavioral Ecology from Cornell University. Dr. Schoch practiced small animal medicine in New York’s Adirondack Park from 1991-2002, is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and enjoys wildlife photography, paddling, and many other things. She is a member of numerous conservation and wildlife health related organizations, and has written many scientific and lay articles about the results of the Adirondack loon research. She was inducted into the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame in 2014 and received the NYS Outdoor Writers Association M. Paul Keesler NY Outdoor Citizen Award in 2011.

***We are thrilled to Partner with Peebles Island State Park to host this program at their newly painted and spiffed up Visitors Center!

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