The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation has invited Adirondack anglers to participate in its “Lead Tackle Buy Back Program” to protect Common Loons from lead poisoning. Anglers can trade in their lead sinkers and jigs this summer by bringing them to any of the eight participating retailers around the Adirondack Park.
The shops include Woods and Waters and Blue Line Sports in Saranac Lake; Tupper Lake Bait & Tackle; Hoss’s in Long Lake; Old Forge Hardware; Crossroads in Chestertown; Norm’s Bait & Tackle in Crown Point; and Fish307.com in Lake George.
The Adirondack Lead Tackle Buyback program is part of a regional effort to keep lead fishing tackle out of water bodies, thus protecting loons from lead poisoning when they accidentally swallow a piece of tackle with a fish.
Anglers who bring in at least 1 ounce of lead tackle will receive a $10 voucher to use to purchase new non-toxic tackle. This program will continue until all 800 vouchers are claimed, or October 2nd , 2021, whichever comes first. Participating anglers will be entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of this year’s Lead Tackle Buy-Back campaign, and prizes will also be given to the anglers who bring in the most amount (by weight and/or number of pieces) of lead tackle.
The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is a 501(c)3 non-profit that conducts scientific research and engaging educational programming to promote the conservation of Common Loons in and beyond New York’s Adirondack Park.
This project is funded through grants from the Blake Nuttall Ornithological Fund, Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service on behalf of the Bouchard Barge 120 Buzzards Bay Oil Spill Trustees.
For more information about the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation visit their website or contact the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 354-8636.
Photo of loon in Adirondacks provided.