Students Answer Common Loon Challenge Question # 4
Challenge Question # 4:
"How do you think mercury gets into a loon's body? That is, how might mercury from the atmosphere end up in a loon?"
From NEW YORK
"We think mercury in the atmosphere could affect the loons because the atmosphere
would get moist and the clouds could soak up the mercury and the rain would
contain mercury. It would get into the water that the loon swam in and drank."
Mike and Nick from Miss O'Connor's and Mrs. Mueller's fourth grade
class in Rochester, NY. Lchislett@mail.rh.monroe.edu
"Third graders from Ferrisburgh Central School, Ferrisburgh, Vermont think
the food that it eats. Mercury gets into the air from factories, cars, and
fires. Then it travels in the air and the loons breathe it in. It also goes
into the water and the food that the loons eat."
Jamie, Elizabeth, and Jordan
Linda Thurber (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"The loons get mercury poisoning from the air and the little fish they eat.
The little fish have mercury in them."
Madeline, for the Loon Team
Musem Magnet 3rd Grade
"Dear Loon Researchers, Our class of 6th graders from St. Mary's School in Alexandria Mn came up with the following guesses about how mercury gets into a loon's body.
rain. The fish get the mercury in them and then the loons eat the fish and that poisons them. Then we guess that when they clean off their feathers, maybe they got some on their feathers and then it gets in their mouths. One other way they could get them we guess is that it could get on their skin when they are changing feathers, because maybe
at that time their feathers aren't water proof and their skin could be affected. Our last guess is that the noise polution from boats might have causes the loons to move to another location and before they moved they got the mercury in their systems because of the pollution of the water from the boats.
St. Mary's School, Alexandria, MN
We think mercury gets into loons by objects with mercury like paint
and lamps that get thrown into the dump. The objects permeate the soil, and
get into plant roots. Then fish eat the plants. After that, the loon eats
the fish. This is how we think mercury gets into a loon's body.
Sincerely, Sarah LeRoy, Elaine Wah, Catherine Wah & Ben LeRoy
"Mercury gets in a loon's body becauseof the burning of garbage and coals.
The acid of the garbage and coal travel up into the sky and clouds. When it
rains, etc., or the snow melts, this material is in the rain or snow and it
runs-off into the lakes or rivers, or just goes right into the lake. The
fish and loons live and swim in these lakes, and the loons eat the fish.
The loon gets mercury from the water and from the fish in the water.
Steffanie Armstrong & Shannon Patterson, gr. 5
Bobcaygeon Public School, Bobcaygeon, Ontario
"Mercury falls from the sky in Lake Michigan & contaminates the
water which the loon's favorite kind of fish live in. When the
loon's dive to get the fish which have the mercury in them. The loon's
blood stream gets the mercury from the fish."
Joseph Ramos,Charleston Elem.
Gloria Edwards (GEDWARDS@cps.wsc.k12.ar.us)
I think mercury gets into a loon's body by something it eats.
Maybe the thing that the loon eats ate something else that had
mercury in it.
Ms. Heilman (email@example.com)
"My name is Jake Crosby. I am a fifth grader at Edgecomb Eddy School in
Edgecomb, Maine. I think the mercury gets into the water by acid rain and
pollution. The fish breathe the water and become contaminated. The loons
eat the fish and get mercury into their bodies."
"The mercury gets in the loon when it eats fish from the water that has
the mercury in it."