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A loony celebration
September 25, 2013 - Bill Ackerbauer
Paul Smith's is a long haul from here, but folks who read my July 14 feature story, "Call of the Loon, might be interested in the following event. What follows is a dispatch from Nina Schoch, coordinator of the Biodiversity Research Institute's Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation:
Public Invited to Help Celebrate the Common Loon — the Icon of the Adirondacks
Biodiversity Research Institute’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation and the Paul Smith’s College VIC are teaming together to present a celebration of one of the Adirondack’s most iconic birds – the Common Loon. This unique event is free, and will be held from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. on Sunday, October 13th (Columbus Day weekend), at the Paul Smith’s College VIC in Paul Smiths, NY.
The fun-filled “loony” day will include activities for the whole family, complete with: A loon calling contest;
Merriloons the Clown to entertain the kids with face-painting and balloons;
A concert by Jamie Savage, an exceptional Adirondack singer-songwriter;
A field trip to observe loon behavior first-hand;
A scavenger hunt;
A loon quilt raffle and silent auction; and
A presentation and display about loon natural history and conservation.
The results of the ongoing raffle for a fabulous queen-sized loon quilt will be also announced at a reception in the late afternoon. Additionally, the Adirondack Interpretive Center’s humorous little rubber loons will be on hand for purchase — these comical birds make a great gift! Delicious loon-related food will also be available throughout the day.
“The day will be an exciting opportunity to learn about loon natural history, threats affecting their populations, and ongoing loon research and conservation efforts in the Adirondack Park.” said Dr. Nina Schoch, Coordinator of BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. “We are thrilled to have John Ozard and Ben Tabor from NYS DEC judge the loon calling contest – they are both very experienced in trying to catch our study loons, so I’m sure there will be tight competition to determine the best yodels, tremolos, and wails!”
For more information about this event or to register for the field trip, visit www.adkloon.org, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-749-5666, Ext. 145.
Raffle tickets for the beautiful hand-made loon quilt ($5 each or 6 tickets for $25) can be downloaded at www.briloon.org/adkloon to keep the “loon lover” in your life warm this winter. A photo of the quilt center is also available at www.briloon.org/adkloon.
The mission of Biodiversity Research Institute is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is dedicated to improving the overall health of the environment, especially air and water quality, through collaborative research and outreach focusing on the natural history of the Common Loon and conservation issues affecting loon populations and their aquatic habitats.
Biodiversity Research Institute and its collaborators have conducted research on the Adirondack loon population since 1998 to evaluate the impact of mercury pollution on aquatic ecosystems, and to learn more about loon migration and the health of Adirondack loons. BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation also conducts a variety of innovative educational programs, such as the Science on the Fly! school curriculum, to increase public understanding about conservation concerns affecting the Adirondack loon population and the aquatic ecosystem where the birds live.
To learn more, contact BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation at email@example.com or (888) 749-5666 x 145, or visit www.briloon.org and www.briloon.org/adkloon.
The Paul Smith's College VIC offers a variety of free and fee-based arts, sports, and environmental educational programs throughout the year, including bird walks and nature walks, trail runs, concerts, art exhibits, lectures, workshops, naturalist-led paddles, and a wide range of children's educational programs. The VIC also hosts the annual Great Adirondack Birding Celebration on the first weekend in June. Visit adirondackvic.org or contact 518-327-6241 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about programs at the VIC.
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