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July 14, 2013

Annual Loon Census scheduled for July 20

SARANAC LAKE — The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program has announced a call for volunteers to help census loons on Adirondack lakes as part of the 13th-annual Adirondack Loon Census taking place from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday, July 20.

With the help of local Adirondack residents and visitor volunteers, the census enables the WCS to collect important data on the status of the breeding loon population in and around the Adirondack Park and across New York state. The results help guide management decisions and policies affecting loons.

Census volunteers report on the number of adult and immature loons and loon chicks that they observe during the hourlong census. Similar loon censuses will be conducted in other states throughout the Northeast simultaneously, and inform a regional overview of the population’s current status.

Anyone interested in volunteering can get more information about how to sign up by visiting www.wcsadirondacks.org, calling 891-8872 or emailing adkloon@wcs.org.

“We gain an important regional picture of the loon population each year through the Annual Loon Census,” said Zoë Smith, director of the WCS’s Adirondack Program. “We are indebted to the hundreds of volunteers who participate as citizen scientists in this important research. Only through the participation of this dedicated group of volunteers, are we able to assemble so much valuable information to help guide future management decisions.”

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