Nina Schoch, left, holds the rescued loon shortly after it was taken out of the water on Follensby Clear Pond Wednesday morning. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)
Researchers and rescuers were busy Wednesday morning capturing a stranded loon that had become iced in on Follensby Clear Pond near Upper Saranac Lake.
There have been a lot of loon rescues this year, including five in one week last January and numerous fishing-line-related rescues over the summer, according to Dr. Nina Schoch, a veterinarian who is director of the Biodiversity Research Institute’s Adirondack loon program.
“In the last month, this is the fourth bird,” she said. “It’s getting to be quite a record. As the (loon) population grows over time and more people are out, we see more and more.”
Loons’ population has grown by an estimated 66 percent over the last 30 years, according to the 2015 New York status report on them. …