Adirondack loon researchers need help

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Loon researchers at work in the field.

The Biodiversity Research Institute’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is seeking short-term support after starting its field season with an unexpected financial shortfall.

One of the center’s primary foundations was unable to provide support this year after its matriarch passed away; it was also hit hard by last fall’s Hurricane Sandy. The Loon Center has consequently been unable to fund seasonal wages for their long-term, highly experienced field staff to conduct loon monitoring efforts in the Adirondack Park this summer.

Dr. Nina Schoch, a wildlife veterinarian who heads up the center, said recently that expenses are normally covered by support from foundations, private donors and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

“The good news is that we are very honored to learn we will soon be receiving a grant from NYSERDA, which will provide partial support for our loon research for the next five years as well as our related songbird studies,” Schoch wrote in an email to ACT.

“The generosity of private donors has been fantastic! This private donor fundraising campaign began a little over a week ago, after we learned about the unexpected decrease in support,” Schoch reported. “We are already about half way to our $35,000 goal. If this level of support continues, we will be able to hire our dedicated and experienced field staff very shortly. The season will be shortened, but we should be able to obtain important data on our study loons.”

Schoch explained that BRI’s annual fundraising goal is $150,000 to $200,000, which provides support for staffing, office and field supplies, newsletter printing and distribution, loon tissue sample analysis, equipment and more.

To help the Adirondack Center for Loon Research meet its short-term goal, or to contribute to annual operating expenses, click here.

“We are asking people to make a five-year pledge of support, if possible, as this will help increase the stability of our program, along with the five-year NYSERDA grant,” Schoch said.

For more information about the center’s work, contact Schoch by calling 1-888-749-5666 ext. 145 or email

Meanwhile, the Loon Conservation Fund at ACT, created in 2005 through a bequest from Dr. John Jeffrey Nicholas of Pennsylvania, helps support the long-term efforts of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Biodiversity Research Institute to conduct loon conservation programs in and around the Park. Dr. Nicholas and his family summered in the Adirondacks and enjoyed listening to loon calls echo across the water. To learn more about the Loon Conservation Fund at ACT, click here.

Additional coverage about the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation's fundraising effort is available at the Adirondack Almanack and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.