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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.

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

Night sky

In Wildness and Wonder

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Looks to the Future By Alan Brew, Executive Director of the SOEI Over the past year, in anticipation of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute’s fiftieth anniversary in 2022, the staff of the Institute have reflected on its history and deliberated about its future. We have shared with one another our…  Read More

Loon flying

The Uncommon Lives of Common Loons

By Erica LeMoine, LoonWatch Coordinator Despite the many presentations that I’ve given over the past six years, it always gives me a thrill when I hear the “oohs” and “aahs” of an audience learning something new about loons, reacting in amazement to what our Wisconsin colleagues and researchers have unraveled about the mysteries of loons.…  Read More

2017 Loon poster Photo by Lorna Rohloff

Foot Waggling Loon Dad Cover of 2017 Loon Poster

A photograph of a loon dad and his chick won the hearts and minds of  judges of the 2017 Loon Appreciation Week poster photography competition. Photographer Lorna Kane-Rohloff from Glover in northern Vermont, captured the photo during a mid-afternoon rowboat ride on a nearby lake. The judges said they appreciated the educational value and the beauty of the photo. What set it…  Read More