Biodiversity Research Institute’s (BRI’s) Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is pleased to announce its 2014 Loon Quilt Raffle.
For the second year, Dr. Nina Schoch, Coordinator of the Loon Center, is creating a unique queen-sized quilt for the raffle to benefit the Loon Center. This year’s fabulous hand-made quilt depicts a stretching Common Loon, based on the logo of BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, which was designed by Jason Smith (www.jwsmithdesigns.com).
“The loon quilt raffle helps support our loon research and conservation initiatives in the Adirondack Park, enabling us to address numerous threats to Adirondack loons and their breeding lakes,” explained Dr. Nina Schoch. “I greatly enjoy quilting and seeing the pattern evolve into a fun and extraordinary quilt. I look forward to drawing the winning ticket – last year’s winner was extremely excited when I called her to tell her she had won the quilt!”
Biodiversity Research Institute and its collaborators have conducted research on the Adirondack loon population since 1998 to evaluate the impact of mercury pollution on aquatic ecosystems, and to learn more about the natural history and health of Adirondack loons. Additionally, BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation conducts a variety of innovative outreach programs, such as the fishing line recycling program, to increase public understanding about conservation concerns affecting the Adirondack loon population.
Raffle tickets ($5 each or 6 tickets for $25) can be downloaded at www.briloon.org/adkloon to keep the “loon lover” in your life warm this winter! A photo of the quilt in progress is also available at www.briloon.org/adkloon.
The public is invited to attend the raffle drawing on Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Saranac Lake Town Hall, as part of the 2014 Adirondack Loon Celebration. This free event will be held from 9a.m.-5pm, and will include a variety of loon-related activities for the entire family.
The mission of Biodiversity Research Institute is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is dedicated to improving the overall health of the environment, especially air and water quality, through collaborative research and outreach focusing on the natural history of the Common Loon and conservation issues affecting loon populations and their aquatic habitats.
To learn more, contact BRI’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 749-5666 x 145, or visit www.briloon.org and www.briloon.org/adkloon, and like BRI‘s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation at www.facebook.com/adkloon to stay updated about BRI’s Adirondack loon research and outreach efforts.