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Get the Lead Out

loon WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

WHY CARE SO MUCH ABOUT LOONS?

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.

Loons with Young Click on the loon to hear the yodel of the Loon

WHAT SPECIES OTHER THAN LOONS ARE AFFECTED?

HOW CAN ANGLERS HELP?


GET THE LEAD OUT LOON WATCH VOLUNTEERING

HOW CAN I PROPERLY DISPOSE OF MY LEAD SINKERS?

WHAT HAVE OTHER RESEARCHERS FOUND?


WHERE HAVE LEAD SINKERS BEEN BANNED?


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ON LEAD SINKERS AND LOONS.


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