Quilt raffle will help conserve Adirondack loons

RAY BROOK – Biodiversity Research Institute’s Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation recently announced 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. This year’s handmade 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,” Schoch said in a press release. “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!”

BRI 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 fishing line recycling, to increase public understanding about conservation concerns affecting the Adirondack loon population.

Raffle tickets cost $5 each or six for $25 and can be downloaded from www.briloon.org/adkloon. A photo of the quilt in progress is also available on the website.

The public is invited to attend the raffle drawing on Sunday, Oct. 12 at the Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St., Saranac Lake, as part of the 2014 Adirondack Loon Celebration. This free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include a variety of loon-related activities for the entire family.

For more information, call 888-749-5666 ext. 145 or visit www.briloon.org.