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LoonWatch Seeks Volunteers for the Wisconsin Loon Population Survey

LoonWatch, a program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College, is dedicated to the protection of our region’s loon populations through education, monitoring, and research. In order to better understand the status of Wisconsin’s loon population, LoonWatch orchestrates a state-wide loon population survey once every five years. This survey is vital to assessing…

Happy Anniversary, LoonWatch

THE LAKE WHERE YOU LIVE

If you live on a lake, or even if you don’t, your favorite wild creature might well be a loon. I’ve often wondered: What benignly demented sort of deity would create such a thing as a loon, to captivate us with musical calls and bewitch us with glowing red eyes set in deep black? Forty…  Read More

2017 Loon poster Photo by Lorna Rohloff

Give to LoonWatch

LoonWatch, a program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, protects common loons and their aquatic habitats through education, monitoring, and research.

NIck Smith at booth at Loon Days

My LoonWatch Internship

By Nicholas G. Smith Last winter I applied for the LoonWatch internship at the SOEI. I saw this as an opportunity to learn ways to bring wildlife science together with a large caring community for the betterment of this beautiful bird. The job description entailed becoming proficient in loon ecology, giving public presentations, communicating and…  Read More

Loon and Baby

LoonWatch

LoonWatch protects common loons and their aquatic habitats through education, monitoring, and research.

Northland College sign

Centers

Northland College continues to innovate, expand, and adapt as the world grows more complex. In order to better understand and address environmental and legislative challenges affecting freshwater quality, agriculture, rural economics, and access to natural spaces, the College has established four centers of excellence. Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation Center for Rural Communities…

Red canoe on a lake

Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute provides leadership in citizen science, outreach, and education on regional conservation issues while fostering the next generation of environmental leaders.

Exploring Interactions Between Humans and Wildlife

Andrew East `10 Uses Northland Lessons for Science & Teaching

Then:  Andrew East graduated in 2010 with a degree in natural resources. For his capstone, he surveyed small mammals to determine the prey availability and dynamics for northern shrikes in Ashland County. Through that project and several others in the natural resources department, he and others explored physiology, behavior, and land cover influence, and overall…  Read More

Northland College alumnus Tiffany Kirsten stands with fellow activists along the border of Texas and Mexico

Birds and the Border Wall

Tiffany Kersten ’10 Tiffany Kersten first became hooked on birds at age twelve, after witnessing a flock of thousands of dancing sandhill cranes in a Wisconsin cornfield. She currently is the manager at the McAllen Nature Center in Texas and spending most of her free time fighting the proposed border wall. The current proposed border…  Read More