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Animal of the Week!

It’s an eerie noise. What is it? A lone wolf calling across the lake? No, it’s a Common Loon looking for its mate. The wail is the most characteristic call of a loon and the Common Loon sounds the most like a wolf howling. However beautiful and mysterious the call is, we might not have many more opportunities to hear it. The Common Loon is slowly disappearing from the Great Lakes and Finger Lakes. Most people still use lead sinkers when they fish. Sometimes the sinkers come off the hook. Loons eat fish and the bones can be hard to digest so they eat rocks to help grind up the bones. It would be easy for a loon looking for rocks to accidentally eat a sinker. This is posing a big problem for them because after they eat a sinker they get lead poisoning. This will eventually paralyze the bird and kill it. There are unleaded sinkers but they are more expensive. Lead sinkers are not just harming loons but all wildlife around the ponds and lakes where people fish. When fishing, use unleaded sinkers to prevent the Common Loon from dying out.


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World Animal Day is today!

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We are the cause of the sixth mass extinction, and it's happening right now. Learn about it and the animals affected by it here.


Animals and plants are swiftly diminishing in the wild as modern technology advances and continues to invade their homes. Carelessly overfished oceans full of illegal nets, dangerous plastic, and harmful pollution leave underwater life unbalanced, forcing countless marine predators to alter their natural diets. Half of all coral reefs have already disappeared and are steadily decreasing, along with thousands of valuable sharks that sustain the diverse undersea ecosystem. Gradually shrinking glaciers in the formerly frozen poles cause temperatures worldwide to quickly increase. Flourishing coral reefs speedily transform into bleached, barren statues as the heated water robs the sea of nourishing nutrients. Rapidly declining rainforests and precious habitats force numerous animals to the brink of extinction. Grassy prairies where bison once roamed freely have been replaced by our bustling cities and towering skyscrapers, leaving the wild bison numbered at less than five hundred. All of these devastating realities are threatening various species of unique creatures around the globe such as the Amur Leopard, the Orangutan, and the Black Rhino who are now tragically considered critically endangered. How can we fix this growing issue? For starters, carry a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic one, which would eventually wash into the ocean. Don’t litter and avoid unnecessary paper products to protect life-giving trees and forests. Limit overuse of manufactured palm oil to save diverse jungles in South America from commercial deforestation. Lastly, support local zoos that participate in the Species Survival Plan Program (SSP) to preserve iconic animal breeds that have nearly been wiped out completely, and aid efforts to restore natural wildlife. Hopefully, in time, we will be able to reverse the terrible damage we have done to our planet. 

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