"Loons Sound Alarm on Mercury Pollution"

"Loons have enjoyed unprecedented population growth over the last 30 years. They outlived DDT and a time when people used to shoot loons for sport."

"In the new issue of Adirondack Life on newsstands now, David Sommerstein has an article on how a study of loons finds that things could have been even better. The culprit is mercury pollution. Last summer, David joined researchers banding loons in the middle of the night near Old Forge and filed this story.

It's the middle of the night, and I'm with some researchers banding loons near Old Forge. I like loons. I'm sure you do, too. When you hear their call echo across the water, you feel special.

But it's a totally different feeling when you're in a boat, someone swoops a net into First Lake, scoops up a loon chick, and plops the amazingly tiny creature into your lap. That's what happens to me."

David Sommerstein reports for North Country Public Radio August 29, 2013.

Source: North Country Public Radio, 08/29/2013