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5 loons rescued from Lake Champlain

Five loons are safe after ice skaters found the birds stuck in a small hole.
Published: Mar. 9, 2022 at 6:35 AM EST
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SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (WCAX) - Five loons are safe after ice skaters found the birds stuck in a small hole and got them some help.

The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation says experienced Nordic skaters were on a 20-plus mile tour of Lake Champlain Saturday when they found the birds.

Loons can’t fly for over a month during the winter while they are molting their flight feathers. So, the skaters called the conservation group, and the next morning a rescue team went out to set them free.

The group says teams have rescued nine iced-in common loons and one red-throated loon this year.

One of the loons rescued Sunday was previously banded last year when it was found iced-in on Lake George.

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