(C) Audubon Society annual meeting at Loon Center on June 6 (280)

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society will hold its Annual Meeting at the Loon Center in Moultonborough on Thursday, June 6 starting at 5:30 o.m.
The keynote program, presented by Dr. Mark Pokras, DVM of Tufts University, is titled "Learning from Loons: Lead, Health & the Environment" will start at 7:30 p.m.
The schedule is as follows: 5:30 p.m., Hors d'oeuvres; 6 p.m., Pot luck supper; bring food and your own plate and utensils; 7 p.m. business meeting; 7:30 p.m., Keynote program.
In 1987 a biologist from the Loon Preservation Committee brought a dead Common Loon to the Tufts University Wildlife Clinic at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. This presentation will explain how investigating this bird's death has lead to a major study involving dozens of students, scientists and members of the public. After nearly 20 years, several thousand loons have been examined, both living and dead. The investigation has included diseases, parasites, pollution, and impacts from fishing gear.
Loons and other species serve as sentinels, alerting us to the health threats to humans associated with many environmental problems.
Dr. Mark Pokras is Associate Professor of Wildlife Medicine, former Director of the Tufts Wildlife Clinic and one of the founders of Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine (TCCM). Mark has been involved in wildlife conservation for more than 40 years, and has worked with local, state and national groups in developing new technical and educational resources for wildlife biologists, veterinarians, and wildlife rehabilitators.
With his assistance, the Loon Preservation Committee and other organizations recently succeeded in promoting the passage of a bill in the New Hampshire legislature to further restrict the use of lead fishing tackle that is killing loons and other species.