Every year, some Common Loons in New York’s six-million acre Adirondack Park get severely tangled in fishing line or iced-in. When one of these beautiful birds catches a fish that’s broken a line, it tries to get rid of the line by shaking its head. However, this only makes things worse, as the line wraps tightly around the bird’s tongue, head, and neck. These poor birds suffer from deep wounds and infections in their mouths and tongues. If they aren’t rescued, they slowly die from starvation and infection. As winter settles in, other loons fail to migrate before the lake ices up, and get caught in a little puddle, and are unable to get to open water.
Fortunately, in addition to conducting research to learn more about Adirondack loons, the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation also responds to these wails for help by catching the loons and freeing them from the line or ice. Thanks to the Center’s dedicated efforts, many rescued loons have lived on to successfully raise chicks on lakes in the Park.
Your generous support will help save fishing line and iced-in loons, as well as support the Center’s loon research, conservation, and outreach projects in the Adirondack Park. Thank you!