Loons http://nhpr.org en Lead Sinkers Bill Heads to the House http://nhpr.org/post/lead-sinkers-bill-heads-house <p>For some Granite&nbsp;Staters the loon represents the state in a very emotional way, and&nbsp;supporters of the bird were out in force on Tuesday, defending <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/SB0224.pdf">a bill </a>that would ban lead fishing gear. The&nbsp;bill was being heard by the House Fish and Game Committee, and&nbsp;attendees over-flowed&nbsp;out the door of a double capacity hearing room.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:37:15 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 3531 at http://nhpr.org Lead Sinkers Bill Heads to the House Get the Lead Out http://nhpr.org/post/get-lead-out <p>As anglers dust off their tackle boxes, it's a great time to make sure that all the lead is out.&nbsp;Decades of research by the Loon Preservation Committee in Moultonborough has proven the toxicity of lead fishing tackle to wildlife. One lead sinker an ounce or less in weight can kill a loon in a matter of weeks.&nbsp;Loons swallow grit and pebbles that help to grind up food, and sometimes there's a sinker in the gravelly mix. Fishermen lose a lot of sinkers.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 2862 at http://nhpr.org Get the Lead Out Noisy Water Birds http://nhpr.org/post/noisy-water-birds <p>Summer visitors to New Hampshire typically are eager to hear the call of a common loon, emblem of the wild&nbsp;and remote north woods.&nbsp; Popular souvenirs to take home include coffee mugs, sweatshirts and jewelry—all with a loon motif.</p><p>In addition to their striking appearance, I suspect the fact that loons chorus at night adds greatly to their mystique.&nbsp;&nbsp;Loons of winter don't get much attention, but scan coastal waters and chances are good you'll see a loon or two offshore.&nbsp;&nbsp;New Hampshire's breeding loons don't migrate far.</p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:56:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 1801 at http://nhpr.org Noisy Water Birds