Nina Schoch, who runs the Biodiversity Research Institute's Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation in Ray Brook, was recently inducted into the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame.
The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame is an organization dedicated to honoring the sportsmen and women who have made significant contributions to conservation or preserving the heritage of outdoor sports.
Schoch was recognized in late April for her extensive research and outreach efforts focusing on the Adirondack Common Loon population. Since 1999, Dr. Schoch has coordinated many scientific studies and conservation programs to increase our understanding of, as well as public awareness about, factors threatening Adirondack loons and their habitats.
Nina Schoch, left, enjoys a break from paddling with Adirondack guide and Lake Placid News columnist Joe Hackett recently in Ray Brook. Young Jorge Schoch, left, and Meadow Hackett, right, are also pictured.
(Photo courtesy of Nina Schoch)
"I am extremely honored to receive this recognition by the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame," Schoch stated. "It is quite a thrill to know the many years we have devoted to loon conservation are appreciated by the residents and sportsmen of New York. I am also very grateful to my many collaborators and supporters who have enabled us to conduct our loon conservation efforts."
Schoch and her field staff are currently monitoring more than 200 color-banded loons throughout the Adirondack Park to learn about the impact of mercury pollution on the reproductive success of Adirondack loons. Other research projects include using cameras to determine factors that affect loon nesting success and geolocators to learn about the migration patterns of Adirondack loons.
Schoch has also been instrumental in developing many educational and outreach programs, including such school curricula as Science on the Fly! and the Loon Center's fishing line recycling program to address the increasing threat of fishing line entanglement experienced by Adirondack loons. Dr. Schoch will again be heading the Adirondack Loon Celebration this coming Columbus Day weekend, which will be a day of unique loon-related events for the whole family to enjoy.