PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A half-dozen projects in New England and New York are expected to receive more than $ 3.5 million in funding to help protect common loons.
Loons have been the focus of conservation efforts across the country, and they’ve slowly made a comeback in some states, including Maine. The US Fish and Wildlife Service said state and federal regulators have chosen six projects to receive money through an oil spill settlement.
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The Bouchard B-120 oil spill in 2003 at Buzzards Bay off Massachusetts killed more than 500 loons and resulted in a settlement of $ 13.3 million.
One of the grants is a nearly $ 800,000 award to the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation to restore breeding common loons in Adirondack Park in New York City. Another grant, awarded to the Vermont Center for Ecostudies for more than $ 440,000, is designed to increase loon populations in Vermont with strategies such as management and monitoring.
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The other projects are in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Hunting, habitat loss, and pollution have reduced loon populations across the country, but environmental protections have helped the birds recover somewhat. The protections included bans on lead material, which can poison birds; The “wake-free zones”, which force boaters to move slowly, have also helped birds nest successfully.
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