Monday, December 19, 2022

ACLC Staff and Volunteers Rescue Iced-In Loon on First Lake in Town of Webb

Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (ACLC) staff and volunteers joined together for the rescue effort on December 15

By Jennifer Denny, ACLC Communications Coordinator

On Wednesday, December 14 the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation received a report of an iced-in Common Loon on First Lake in the Town of Webb. Overnight the water froze further and the ice surrounding the loon thickened. While these changes might seem bad for the loon, the cold night made conditions safe for a rescue effort.

On Thursday, December 15, volunteers and staff from the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation went to rescue the loon early in the morning. The group included Cody Sears, Jay Locke, Gary Lee, Don Andrews, and Kurt Gardner.

The loon was stuck in a small patch of open water about half a football field from shore. After carefully trekking across the ice, the rescuers attempted to extract the loon using a canoe and large net. The loon stayed free by diving quickly underwater, so the team switched up their tactics. Using a gill net to cover part of the hole in the ice and the canoe in unison, the loon was finally captured!

It was a healthy juvenile that was subsequently released to a larger ice-free lake to get another chance at successful migration. The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is very grateful for the hard work of the rescue team. Good work guys!

If you see an iced-in loon, please report it by calling (518)354-8636 or emailing

Keep tabs on loon rescues, visits, and other Adirondack adventures by referencing

For more information about the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, please visit:

All photos by Kurt Gardner.

Photo at top: Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation staff and volunteers rescued an iced-in loon on First Lake in the Town of Webb on Thursday, December 15. Photo by Kurt Gardner.

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5 Responses

  1. David Gibson says:

    Wonderful work, ACLC volunteers. Inspiring, uplifting, you name it.

  2. Fisherking says:

    Are there any 501c3s in the Adirondacks that rescue children ‘froze in’ by poverty?

  3. Dana says:

    Great news! Thanks to all for your efforts!

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