Loons are ancient birds that have come to symbolize
grace, beauty, and wildness. Loon sounds and behaviors
provide an enriching experience for many people, including anglers.
The loon species that breeds in Vermont is the common
loon. The common loon was placed on the Vermont
endangered species list in an effort to protect the
species and increase the population. Because of the protection, loon nesting and chick survival
rates in the state have been on the rise in recent years. Loon
recovery was deemed a success when on April 23, 2005 the common loon was removed from
Vermont's endangered species list. Keeping lead sinkers out of Vermont waters will help
ensure that the loon doesn't become listed again. With 53 loon pairs breeding in Vermont (2005) and successful
pairs producing about one chick per year, the loss of one loon can be significant.
Loons are not the only birds affected by the use of lead sinkers. However, there is less information
on the mortality of other wildlife from lead poisoning. This may be because some species are less noticeable
or spend less time in areas where there are people so the effects of lead poisoning go unnoticed and undocumented.
Lead is toxic to all wildlife.