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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

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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.

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.

Mother loon and her chick

Wisconsin Loon Population on the Rise


Results of the 2015 one-day Wisconsin Loon Population Survey

The Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute LoonWatch program announced today that Wisconsin loons are doing surprisingly well, according to the results of the 2015 one-day Wisconsin Loon Population Survey. According to the most recent results, the adult loon population is estimated at 4,350, an increase of 9.1 percent from 2010, and the chick population…  Read More

2019 Loon Poster Winning Image, Just 10 more minutes, Photo by Steve Maanum ©

Loon Appreciation Week & Poster

Held the first week of May, LoonWatch promotes loon education and conservation during Loon Appreciation Week by creating and distributing a new Loon Appreciation Week poster each year.

Loon and Baby

LoonWatch

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

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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

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

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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