Oct
06

 LOON RESCUE

LOON RESCUE! It was thrilling, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and just plain awesome. What a night we had. Two nights of each week during this 3 week Earthwatch research project we go out at night to tag loons. On our first night we successfully tagged two, and had another but it swam out of the net. On the second night, after a long time with no success in finding any loons, we came upon a bird who was in trouble. We caught it, way too easily, and found it wrapped up in fishing line. Its bill was tied shut, its tongue trapped sideways and sticking out of its bill.  The line was entangled in its throat and around its tail as well. This dear bird wasn’t long for the living. It took about 10 minutes or so to free the bird from all the line, but it seemed ok when we were done. The tongue was deeply indented, probably permanently, but I don’t think that will be life threatening. What we couldn’t know is whether the bird swallowed any lead fishing sinkers. If it did, death is certain with a week or two. Even the smallest amount of lead will, without exception, kill a loon. But for now, I think we did good. The loon swam off with vigor and a loud wail, surely glad to be free again. If you would like to read about Earthwatch’s 3 year program of loon research on Lake Jocassee, click here:

http://earthwatch.org/expeditions/loon-conservation-in-south-carolina
 
NEW EAGLE NEST REPORT! That’s right, we have a brand new eagle’s nest on Lake Jocassee. After the sad abandonment of the one nest we had two years ago, suddenly a new one has appeared. I saw an eagle in the nest, one flying to and landing on it, and two mature eagles soaring over it later in the same day. Talk about exciting!
 
SPRING FLOWERNG REPORT. It may be just mid-February, but tell that to the maple trees, flowering with such a lovely red and orange glow through the bare forest canopy. The spring explosion is not far away.
 

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LOON RESCUE! It was thrilling, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and just plain awesome. What a night we had. Two nights of each week during this 3 week...

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EARTHWATCH. DAY ONE  Three years of growing scientific interest in the loons of Lake Jocassee, the time has finally come. ...

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