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Old 09-29-2014, 02:22 PM   #1
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A decade of research identifies threats to Adirondack loons, provides guidance on protection -- ScienceDaily

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The first study, titled "Wildlife Criterion Value for the Common Loon (Gavia immer) in the Adirondack Park, New York, USA,"
estimated a water mercury threshold in Adirondack aquatic ecosystems that minimizes impacts from mercury pollution to loons breeding in the Park.
The establishment of a Wildlife Criterion Value based on Adirondack loons provides legislators with a valuable new standard to incorporate into policies
to better protect New York's environmental quality.
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The second article, led by author Carolyn Spilman, is titled "The Effects of Lakeshore Development on Common Loon (Gavia immer)
Productivity in the Adirondack Park, New York, USA." This study concluded that it is important to place development (houses, boat houses etc.)
in clusters along Adirondack lakeshores to buffer loon nest sites from disturbance related to developed areas.
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Additionally, it was found that loons breeding on acidic lakes had higher mercury levels and produced fewer chicks than loons breeding on non-acidic lakes.
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Old 09-29-2014, 02:26 PM   #2
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The Common loon produces my favorite summer sound.
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I love the call of the loon. Beautiful. My friend who used to live in Maine recently talked about the babies riding on the Mother's back. So cute.
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