Loon, interrupted: Chicks dying, social chaos. Is their comeback unraveling?

Konkel, Lindsey
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2014/aug/wingedwarnings9loon-interrupted

Publisher:  Environmental Health News
Date Written:  08/09/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16965

It’s a scenario playing out across North America -- loons are raising fewer chicks to fledgling stage than they were two decades ago. Researchers suspect that hormone-disrupting pollutants such as flame retardants may have eroded the birds' delicate social structure and contributed to a mysterious drop in Squam Lake’s loon population. In other parts of the Northeast, scientists have implicated acid rain and mercury in declining numbers of chicks.