Loon, interrupted: Chicks dying, social chaos. Is their comeback unraveling?
Publisher: Environmental Health News
Date Written: 08/09/2014
Year Published: 2014
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX16965
Its 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 Lakes loon population. In other parts of the Northeast, scientists have implicated acid rain and mercury in declining numbers of chicks.