Volunteers sought for annual loon census

TICONDEROGA For the second consecutive summer, the Lake George Association is helping the Adirondack Loon Conservation Program by coordinating volunteers who would like to participate in the annual loon census on Lake George. On Saturday, July 19, from 8-9 a.m., the Adirondack Loon Conservation Program (formerly the Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program) will conduct its eighth annual loon census to monitor and assess long-term trends in the loon population summering in the Adirondack Park. Participants report on the number of adult and juvenile loons observed during the census. Coordinated with similar counts in the Northeast, the census enables scientists to determine changes in loon populations from a state and a regional perspective. Once again, the Lake George Association will be seeking and organizing volunteers to monitor Lake George. Most lakes that participate in the program only need one volunteer. However, since Lake George is one of the larger participating lakes, more than one volunteer is needed to adequately cover the lake. In past years, only portions of the lake in the Narrows and North Basin have been monitored. To prevent duplicate observations, it is requested that all census observers on Lake George contact the LGA to sign up for a section of the lake. To participate in the census on Lake George, contact Emily DeBolt at the LGA at 668-3558. In 2007, the LGA coordinated coverage of 14 locations from Dunhams Bay in the southern basin to Mossy Point in the north. Volunteers were assigned to different stretches of shoreline in order to assure a greater coverage but avoid overlap and counting the same loon more than once. During the census, 14 volunteer groups saw five loons on Lake George. One pair of an adult and an immature adult were seen in Northwest Bay on the eastern side and one lone adult was also seen on the western side of the bay. One immature adult was seen in Gull Bay and one adult was seen in the bay by the Rogers Rock campgrounds. To see photos from last years loon volunteers, go to http://www.lakegeorgeassociation.org/loon_monitoring.htm. Lake George has been included in the census since 2004. No loons were recorded on Lake George for the 2004 census and only one loon was recorded in the 2005 census. In 2006, three adult loons and one immature loon were seen on Lake George. The results will be posted on the ACLPs website once they compile all of the data for the 2008 census. For more info about the ACLP or the annual loon census, go to www.adkscience.org/loons For more information, contact the LGA at 668-3558 or check out LGA on the web at www.lakegeorgeassociation.org

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