Celebrating the common loon slated

A loon takes a swim. (Photo submitted)

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation will celebrate common loons, the icon of the Adirondack, at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center, 8023 Route 30, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The free event will feature activities for the whole family, including:

∫ Visit with Adirondack Loon Center staff.

∫ Children’s crafts, “Lila Loon” scavenger hunt, and activities.

∫ Review of silent auction items.

∫ Food available for purchase from Matt Cressey of Farm Streats.

∫ Music by Rustic Riders.

∫ 2 to 3:30 p.m.: Presentation by loon naturalist Ellie George: “Adirondack Loons–from Ice-out to Freeze-up.”

∫ 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Concert by Rustic Riders, children’s activities, reception and silent auction.

∫ 4:30 p.m.: Drawing of the winning raffle ticket for a loon photograph and end of silent auction.

Anyone who turns in an ounce or more of lead fishing tackle will be entered in a raffle to win a loon photograph by Nina Schoch, director of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation.

Prizes will be awarded to anyone who arrives in a loon costume or wants to show off their loon calls.

The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation conducts scientific research and educational programming to further the conservation of common loons (Gavia immer) in and beyond the Adirondack Park.

To learn more about the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, visit www.adkloon.org or www.facebook.com/adkloon, or contact the Center at info@adkloon.org or (518) 354-8636. The Adirondack Loon Center at 15 Broadway is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.