The Biodiversity Research Institute’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation has announced a campaign on Adirondack Gives, the crowdfunding site for Adirondack region nonprofits, which seeks support to digitize historical slides and film footage produced by Adirondack nature photographer Kip Taylor.
In the 1970s and 1980s, when loons were rarely observed on Adirondack waterways, and prior to the age of digital photography, Kip Taylor extensively documented the natural history and behavior of Common Loons on Adirondack lakes, including some very unique underwater footage and photographs of feeding and swimming loons. Prior to his passing in 1997 Taylor published Loon, which chronicled his excursions to photograph these distinctive birds. His widow has donated his film and slides for use in BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation’s outreach programs.
“By digitizing Kip’s work, we will be able to include this extraordinary resource in our educational materials.” said Dr. Nina Schoch, Coordinator of BRI’s Adirondack Loon Center, “We look forward to sharing these unique historical images with the public and other organizations in and beyond the Adirondacks.”
This initial campaign will be live at www.adirondackgives.org through mid-March, with the goal of raising $250 to purchase two external hard drives to store the digital slide files.
To learn more, or to contribute to this campaign, visit www.adirondackgives.org, and click on “Help Digitize Historical Adirondack Loon Slides.” As a special incentive, donors of $100 or more will receive an 8 x 10 photograph of an Adirondack loon, and donors of $500 or more will receive a copy of Taylor’s out of print Loon book.
According to Schoch, future campaigns will be conducted to raise support to purchase a high-quality slide scanner, and to digitize Taylor’s extensive moving images. After digitization, BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation expects to donate the original media to the New York State Museum which is the long-term repository of historical natural history materials related to New York.
To learn more about BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, contact [email protected] or (888) 749-5666 x 145, visit www.briloon.org/adkloon, or follow the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation on Facebook to stay updated about BRI’s Adirondack loon research and outreach efforts.