Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:16

When You Live In A Great Community

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When You Live In A Great Community All photos by Mary Woods Magistro for

Tuesday morning iHeart Oswego's birding expert, Mary C. Woods, received a phone call informing her that a juvenile Red Throated Loon was somehow stuck on the ice in the International Marina section of Lake Ontario.

Unsure of whether or not the Loon was injured as well, Woods set off for the location.

The Loon was stranded but not injured it seemed. Why was the Loon stranded at all? The problem is that Loons are ill-equipped to fly off from, stand on, or walk on land (ice). Essentially the Loon would die from exhaustion or starvation, whichever occurred first. Woods set out to call the closest DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) office. DEC Officer Greg Maneeley responded and was on the scene soon thereafter.

After assessing the situation with the Loon, Officer Manleely made a call to Chief Griffin, of the Oswego Fire Department for assistance as OFD, possesses specialty ice rescue equipment. The OFD responded to the call. Together with Mayor Barlow, the DEC and the OFD a plan was hatched to save this Loon. The Loon seemingly cooperated by throwing itself across the ice in the direction of the rescuers.

The Loon was captured with no ice equipment being deployed and with little fanfare and was transported by DEC to a local animal rehabber. The Loon was medically assessed, found to be in good health and released back to open water.

A great big thanks you to our fine city's Mayor Barlow, the Oswego Fire Department and DEC Officer Maneeley. An especially big thanks to Mary C. Woods from iHeartOswego for being our birder, calling the right people and staying with “Ozzie” the Loon for the entire operation.

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