Dr. Nina Schoch, Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer

A wildlife veterinarian and biologist, Dr. Nina Schoch has been studying loons in the Adirondacks since 1998. Dr. Schoch practiced small animal medicine from 1991-2002 and is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. She is a member of numerous conservation and wildlife health related organizations, and has written many scientific and lay articles about the results of the Adirondack loon research. She received the NYS Outdoor Writers Association M. Paul Keesler NY Outdoor Citizen Award in 2011, and was inducted into the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Liz DeFonce, Administrative Assistant

A passionate birder, Liz holds a Master of Library Science from Syracuse University and worked as an academic librarian for nearly a decade. An Adirondack resident since 2003 Liz is not only an experienced small business owner but is also a member of the celebrated Adirondack Lawn Chair Ladies. When not working at the Loon Center or birdwatching she can often be found reading a book with a cat on her lap.


Darlene Ploof, Adirondack Loon Center Manager

Darlene has broad experience in customer service, from her previous positions at the US Postal Service and NYS DEC. Darlene moved to Saranac Lake in 1988 to raise her family and to enjoy the beauty of the Adirondacks. She has had a passion for the Loons in the Adirondacks as long as she can remember, and is thrilled to be a part of and a team member of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. In her free time, Darlene enjoys being outside hiking, biking, paddling, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.


"KT" Shumway, Adirondack Loon Center Sales Associate

KT is our Sales Associate at the Loon Center this summer. They are a recent graduate from Paul Smith's College with a bachelors degree in Biology. KT’s excited to be working at the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation for another summer.  When they're not at the Loon Center, KT is often writing, drawing, or out exploring the Adirondacks.


Freddy Short, Philanthropy Intern and Sales Associate

Freddy is our Philanthropy Intern and Sales Associate for the summer of 2019. He is a rising senior at St. Lawrence University perusing a business in the liberal arts and economics double major with a minor in outdoor studies. Growing up spending his summers in the Adirondacks has made Freddy very excited to be able to help the ACLC in any way he can! While not at work, Freddy likes to fish, hike, canoe, and play tennis.


Jared Collins, Colgate Upstate Institute Summer Field School Fellow

Jared is a rising junior at Colgate University, majoring in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies. He’s a member of Colgate’s Debate Society and is very interested in science. In the summer of 2019, he is helping the ACLC learn more about the use of loon nest rafts in the Adirondacks, cataloging our loon recovery data, monitoring loons, and with a variety of other projects. Jared enjoys hiking, paddling, and reading in his free time.

Claire Da Loon and her friends make their debut at the 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Parade!

Claire Da Loon and her friends make their debut at the 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Parade!