Saturday, September 14, 2013

Loon Quilt Raffle to Benefit Loon Conservation

Loon QuiltThe Biodiversity Research Institute’s (BRI) Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation will be holding its first-ever Loon Quilt Raffle. The hand-made quilt depicts a pair of loons raising two chicks on an Adirondack lake. The queen-sized quilt was created by Dr. Nina Schoch, Coordinator of BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, based on a McKenna Ryan design, and quilted by Susan Ochs of Saranac Lake.

“The proceeds from the loon quilt raffle will help support our loon research and outreach initiatives over the coming year. It was a lot of fun making this unusual quilt,” said Dr. Schoch, “and I hope the support it provides will enable us to continue to address numerous threats to Adirondack loons and the lakes and ponds where they live.”

The 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 educational programs, such as the Science on the Fly! school curriculum, to increase public understanding about conservation concerns affecting the Adirondack loon population.

Raffle tickets ($5 each or 6 tickets for $25) can be downloaded at

The public is invited to attend the raffle drawing on Sunday, October 13th at the Paul Smiths VIC, as part of the first Adirondack Loon Celebration. This free event will be held from 9a.m.-5pm, and will include loon-related activities for the whole family.

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.

To learn more, contact BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation at or (888) 749-5666 x 145, or visit and

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