Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation hires Derek Rogers as new executive director

A loon stretches its wings between fishing dives on Moose Pond in July 2018. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation has announced that Derek Rogers has become its new executive director, part of a planned transition for Nina Schoch to become the organization’s chief scientific officer.

For 11 years, Rogers served as the Long Island Preserve’s director for The Nature Conservancy’s New York Division, where he collaborated with interdisciplinary teams and partners to plan and implement science and stewardship programs on protected lands across Long Island. He has guided birding and conservation field trips from New York to Central and South America.

Rogers’ dedication to birding and bird conservation extended beyond the workplace. He sought out and was nominated for a variety of volunteer and citizen science leadership positions with local and global bird conservation nonprofits. He served as a member of the New York State Ornithological Association’s Board of Directors and volunteers with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology eBird program as a regional data quality reviewer for the Adirondacks and Long Island. He is a voting member of the New York State Avian Records Committee and wrote as a regional editor for The Kingbird, a quarterly journal devoted to preserving and understanding New York state’s ornithological history.

The mission of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is to promote and inspire passion for the conservation of common loons (Gavia immer) in and beyond New York’s Adirondack Park. To learn more, visit www.adkloon.org or www.facebook.com/adkloon, or contact the Adirondack Loon Center at info@adkloon.org or 518-354-8636. The Loon Center at 15 Broadway in Saranac Lake is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.