Loon Center Receives Funding From Federal Oil Spill Regulations | News, Sports, Jobs
LAKE SARANAC – The Adirondack Loon Conservation Center is one of six recipients of grants in a settlement for natural resource damage caused by the oil spill from the Bouchard B-120 tank barge.
The oil spill occurred in Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts in April 2003. More than 500 loons wintering in Buzzard’s Bay were killed by the spill. The B-120 Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Process provides funding, at no cost to taxpayers, to replace, restore, rehabilitate or acquire the equivalent of damaged natural resources and resource services lost due to the release of hazardous substances into the environment.
“We will be working with SUNY-ESF’s Adirondack Ecological Center, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, fishing outfitters and many Lake Adirondack associations,” said Dr. Nina Schoch, executive director of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. “This opportunity will allow us to significantly improve the management of loons nesting sites, reduce the threat of lead fishing gear, raise public awareness of conservation issues affecting loons, and expand our ability to save loons. in distress and to develop a loon rehabilitation facility in the (Adirondack) Park.
Funds from the establishment will be used over a five-year period to restore common loons populations throughout New England and New York State through various management activities. In New York, the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation will coordinate many projects to:
¯ Increase the reproductive success of the Adirondack Loon through better management of nesting sites. The center will expand its Loon-Friendly Lake certification program in collaboration with the Adirondack Lakes Associations to increase community environmental stewardship to better protect Adirondack Loons and improve their reproductive success.
¯ Reduce the morbidity and mortality of Adirondack loons through a combination of community outreach, loon rescue and rehabilitation programs, including a lead material buyback program in collaboration with Adirondack fishing equipment suppliers ; fishing line recycling containers provided to organizations throughout the park; setting up three loons rescue teams at key locations in the park, increasing the efficiency of loons rescues; and the establishment of a loons rehabilitation center in collaboration with the Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb to provide advanced veterinary diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation to distressed loons.
“We are delighted to receive this award to better protect loons across New York”, said Susan Semegram, chair of the board of directors of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, “And we look forward to expanding our partnerships in the Northeast to improve the conservation of the Common Loon and its habitats. “
To learn more about the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, visit www.adkloon.org or www.facebook.com/adkloon, or contact [email protected] or 518-354-8636. The Adirondack Loon Center at 15 Broadway in Saranac Lake is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesday.