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10th Annual Loon Race Celebrates Summer in the Adirondacks

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The Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) will celebrate its 10th anniversary under the direction of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) on Saturday, July 16 with an event focusing on one of natural history’s most iconic symbols. of the Adirondacks: the loons.

Loon Drive, the only one of its kind, will begin at 1 p.m. when 500 rubber loons, the distinctive black and white birds that have become the symbol of the forest reserve’s wilderness, drop into the exit and float 500 meters above the west. bridge to the east bridge crossing the outlet of Rich Lake.

Spectators can watch from the bridges and the south side of the Sucker Brook Trail Loop. Cash and other prizes will be awarded to those who sponsor the winning loonies. To sponsor a loon for $10, visit the event website to register. Loon jockeys, as sponsors are called, do not need to be present at the race. Winners will be notified by email.

“Everyone has duck races, we wanted to do something more appropriate for the natural setting we’re in,” said Paul Hai, associate director of Newcomb Campus. “Loons don’t happen everywhere, so why not host a breed that reflects the wildlife here? It’s also a perfect choice for hosting a fun event related to our natural history, our College’s mission, and our work. research and education.”

All proceeds from the race support educational programs for the general public and AIC’s academic and professional groups. AIC is a year-round outdoor education center, drawing inspiration from the local landscape for programs on the natural and human history of the Adirondacks.

“Ten years later, we are still the only rubber loon race in the world,” Hai said. “We also invented the rubber loon, so it’s a unique and fun event all around.”

CelebriDucks produces the loons, and Hai said they went through multiple iterations to ensure the iconic Adirondack bird’s markings were accurate. AIC’s loon was named Lila in honor of a young girl who lived in the 1800s on what would become the College’s Newcomb Campus. People can also buy their very own Lila the Loon for $20 to keep the Loon Drive fantasy with them all year round!

About ESF SUNY

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to studying the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through environmental design, policy, and management. environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from Associate in Applied Science to Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study, and research on the main campus in Syracuse, NY, and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.

About the Adirondack Interpretive Center

The Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) is part of ESF’s Newcomb Campus and provides thousands of visitors, area residents and program participants with exceptional learning opportunities in the heart of Adirondack Park – the natural park. single from New York.