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Gathering of loon researchers to take place next week

March 15, 2015

MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — Researchers from across the northeastern United States and other areas are expected next week at the 26th meeting of the Northeast Loon Study Working Group, in Moultonborough, New Hampshire.

The meeting is taking place Monday and Tuesday.

Topics usually focus on different aspects of loon conservation including state monitoring and comparisons, loon health and mortality, lead poisoning from ingested lead fishing tackle, rescues and rehabilitation, and future directions for research.

The Loon Preservation Committee in New Hampshire traditionally hosts the meeting at The Loon Center in Moultonborough.

“The problems facing loons in New Hampshire are many of the same problems facing loons throughout the northeast” says Harry Vogel, senior biologist and executive director of the Loon Preservation Committee and co-chair of the working group. “This meeting allows us to share what we are doing in New Hampshire and learn what our colleagues are doing in other states.

“It’s an opportunity to strategize together on how to deal with the increasing threats facing loons and discuss research needs and management techniques which will help ensure a bright future for them in New Hampshire and throughout their range,” he said.

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