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Volunteers sought for loon census

SARANAC LAKE - The Wildlife Conservation Society's Adirondack Program is looking for volunteers to help census loons on Adirondack lakes. The 2010 census takes place this Saturday, July 17, 8-9 a.m.

WCS conducts the annual loon census with the help of local Adirondack residents and visitor volunteers. This data provides a quick glimpse of the status of the breeding loon population in and around the Adirondack Park and across New York State. The results help guide management decisions and policies that affect loons.

Census volunteers are needed to monitor lakes from 8-9 a.m. on the census day and report the number of adult loons, chicks, and immature loons they observe. Similar loon censuses are also conducted in other states throughout the Northeast at the same time on the same day, contributing to a thorough regional overview of the population's current status. The census is conducted in partnership with BioDiversity Research Institute.

Volunteers can learn more about how to register to participate at www.wcsadirondacks.org, by calling 891-8872 or e-mailing adkloon@wcs.org.

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