17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
The common loon is the call of wilderness and a Canadian symbol of cottage life. Our lakes are becoming over populated, and poisoning from lead fishing tackle is a leading cause of mortality in the adult common loon. The presence or absence of the loon is an indicator of the current and future state of our lakes and wildlife. This is not just a pretty picture of a loon taking off on the lake. It is symbolic of what is at stake if we don't take care for the future of our wildlife and the environment.
© Chris Payant.
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