Friday, July 11, 2008

2008 Annual Adirondack Loon Census

The Zen Birdfeeder points us to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Annual Loon Census, set to take place Saturday, July 19th:

The Annual Loon Census provides valuable data for the Loon Program to follow trends in New York’s summer loon population over time. Hundreds of residents and visitors throughout New York assist them each year by looking for loons on their favorite lake or river.

Details on participating are available from the Wildlife Conservation Society Loon Census website:

An annual census of loons on lakes in and around the Adirondack Park is conducted the third Saturday in July. Observations from throughout New York State are also welcome. The number of adult loons, chicks, and immature loons observed in a one-hour period (from 8-9a.m.) are recorded. This data provides a quick glimpse of the status of the breeding loon population in the Park and the summering loon population in New York. Over time, the Annual Loon Census will enable us to understand trends in the Adirondack and New York State loon population. This data will be used by the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation to better monitor the New York loon population and to implement management efforts if indicated.

Similar censuses are also conducted in other states throughout the Northeast at the same time on the same day. Thus, a regional overview of the current status of the loon population in northeastern North America is obtained.

You can download results [beware – pdf!] from previous years’ census; 2001-2006 is here, 2007 is here.

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