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Vermont Website Links to Lead Sinker Information
Website Links for More Information on Lead, Lead fishing Tackle and Loons.
(Sites will provide scientific information, articles, photos, vocalizations, alternatives to lead tackle, other species affected by lead, how to help keep our waters healthy and safe, frequently asked questions and regulations in our neighboring states. Check out the Very Interactive Sites. Links are in NO Particular Order.) ENJOY!

Adirondack Cooperative Loon Program
Great site. Under "The Common Loon" and "Factors Affecting Loons", there are lots of images and great information. This site includes loon vocalizations, biology and ecology, and diet. There is a section on loon behavior, specialization, raising chicks, migration and wintering. Very Interactive.

Lake Champlain Anglers Guide
Great site for enjoying Lake Champlain. This link will bring you to the site specifically for lead and fishing line recycling efforts on Lake Champlain. However, if you click onto the home page it will bring you to a Very Interactive site concerning news on Lake Champlain, photo gallery on fish species in Lake Champlain, Fishing Access Areas on the NY side, Bulletin Board of upcoming events; like fishing derbies, Lake Maps, and Links to other organizations associated with the Lake.

Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance:
Great web page: Lot's of general information on lead sinkers, dangers to loons, alternative tackle, great images and additional resources. Many ways of linking to other sites that addresses loons and the lead sinker issue.

Environment Canada; Canadian Wildlife Service National Site
Very comprehensive web site: Facts about lead fishing sinkers and jigs, ongoing research, outreach, and where to find non-lead alternative tackle. Some of the information pertains specifically to Canada, like the regulations, but much of the information can be universal.

Vermont Bald Eagle Restoration Initiative
This site is dedicated to the restoration of the Bald eagle to the state of Vermont. Very Interactive. There is a photo gallery of the eagles that have been released in Vermont, a web-cam in the releasing boxes so you can see the chicks grow until they are ready to fly, historical background, photo gallery and make your own post card to email a friend. Bald Eagles are also affected by lead sinkers and lead poisoning.

Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
Good Site. Incredible selection of "loon links". Good Frequently Asked Question/answer section.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:
Great site: straight-forward, factual, great images, alternatives to lead and good links to other sites. Relative information for the Vermont angler and the shared body of water: Lake Champlain.
This site provides information on how anglers can help keep our waters healthy and safe for humans and wildlife; lead sinkers and jigs, fishing line, non-native plant and animal species, using fish for bait and catch and release of fish.

National Wildlife Federation
Fantastic article on loons in New Hampshire from the National Wildlife Magazine.

State Environmental Resource Center
Great Site: User friendly side bar with links to Frequently Asked Question (and answers), lead sinker facts, historical background, general "things to think about" and links to other sites with relevant topics.

Loon Preservation Committee
Incredible site on loons: Very Interactive, with multi-media links, loon vocalizations, a day in the life of a loon, family and social structure and links to relevant loon research. This web site is dedicated to loons in all aspects, including lead poisoning.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources:,1607,7-153-10370_12150_12220-26676--,00.html
Article on lead poisoning in Loons; Description, Distribution, Clinical Signs of Poisoning, Diagnosis, Treatment.

Michigan Loon Preservation Association:
This link will take you directly to the section for lead and loons. However, if you click to the home page this site is dedicated to loons and is Very Interactive, including a photo gallery and loon vocalizations. Find out the answer to "Do loons mate for life"?

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department:
This site provides information on the regulations in New Hampshire regarding the sale and use of lead sinkers in New Hampshire. Relevant to the Vermont angler fishing on the Connecticut River.

USGS National Wildlife Health Center
Great article: An in-depth look at lead poisoning with solid evidence in many different species of birds throughout the United States.

U.S Environmental Protection Agency:
Factual information on lead sinkers and their impact on animals. Answers for; how animals get lead in their bodies, effects of lead poisoning, how to help protect water birds, and how to protect yourself and your watershed.

Vermont Department of Health
This web site is a lead resource guide for humans. It includes information on lead, lead safety, lead regulations and how they pertain to you (health issues).

BioDiversity Research Institute
Great site. You can adopt a loon, see a loon nesting site through a web-camera, and this site also has research information on many other species of water birds, raptors, and mammals. For loon information, look under the "Education" section. For information on other species of birds and mammals, look under the "Research" section.
Very Interactive.

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