The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame has announced that its class of inductees for 2014 will include Dr. Nina Schoch of Ray Brook, NY. Schoch will be honored at the annual banquet April 26 in Canastota, NY.
Nina Schoch is best known for her role in conservation of the Adirondack loon. Under her leadership the Biodiversity Research Institute’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (ACLP) has involved hundreds of volunteers, school children, and government agencies in protecting the iconic symbol of the Adirondack wilderness. The loon census, banding, research on health issues, and public awareness programs of the ACLP have contributed to the dramatic increase in the loon population in the past three decades.
A key part of her success has been involving citizens in the research, volunteer efforts, and spreading the word about how to protect loons. “Science on the Fly,” a middle school curriculum involves students in the scientific process, research, and awareness of environmental issues. Involving volunteers in the census and banding of loons has made many people aware of the problems and helped create a large pool of citizens willing to speak or support these environmental issues.
Nina Schoch’s influence has spread beyond the preservation of the Adirondack loons. Her scientific research on the amount and the dangers of mercury in the environment has contributed to the policies and efforts to control emissions and mercury deposition. She initiated a program with Gremlin sinker Company where anglers could trade lead sinkers for non-toxic ones. The publicity campaign and placement of containers to recycle fishing line at boat launches throughout the Adirondacks is helping make people aware of the threat of discarded fishing line, hooks, etc to loons, other waterfowl, and eagles.
The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame is an organization dedicated to honoring sportsmen and women who have made significant achievements in outdoors-related fields. More importantly, they are recognized for their long-time service in preserving our outdoor heritage and helping others experience it. The NYSOHOF is also involved in programs such as kids fishing clinics, youth hunts, seminars, and similar activities.
The annual banquet and induction will involve sportsmen organizations from all across New York State. It will be held April 26 at the Rusty Rail in Canastota with registration and social hour beginning at 5 pm and dinner at 6 pm. Guests and interested parties are welcome. For information or reservations call (315) 363-3896 or (315) 829-3588. RSVP by April 19.