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Tug of War Over Wolves

Research reveals pendulum swings have negative impacts Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Erik Olson grew up in northern Wisconsin hunting, fishing, and hanging out at his family’s sugarbush. He paddled rivers, hiked trails, and watched the night sky. “That’s why I’m in this field, my strong love of the outdoors,”…

Mike Meyer

Loon Researcher Mike Meyer Retires from WDNR

…a body of work I am thankful to have tackled,” he said. LoonWatch has been privileged to work closely with Meyer, an internationally recognized source of loon expertise. He has served on the LoonWatch Advisory Council for more than ten years, and plans to continue. *Leg bands help researchers identify…

2017 Loon poster Photo by Lorna Rohloff

[CANCELLED] Loon Ranger Training Workshop [In Person]

May 5, 2:00 pm4:30 pm

This in-person workshop has been cancelled. A free, virtual Loon Ranger Training Workshop will be offered at the same time (Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m.) instead. Register for the virtual workshop. LoonWatch is hosting two training workshops (one in person and one virtual) for Loon Rangers. These training workshops…

Loon flying over a lake

Wisconsin Loon Population Survey Update

…the number of adult loons and loon chicks. If a volunteer did not see loons on the lake, that was valuable information too, and so noted. This is the only survey that gives us a big picture look at Wisconsin’s loon population, and the results will be used to estimate…

2017 Loon poster Photo by Lorna Rohloff

Foot Waggling Loon Dad Cover of 2017 Loon Poster

…the educational value and the beauty of the photo. What set it apart though from dozens of beautiful loon shots is the foot waggle—”thought to be a comfort movement, possibly used as a means of cooling off,” said LoonWatch Coordinator Erica LeMoine. “It was something we hadn’t seen captured in…

NIck Smith at booth at Loon Days

My LoonWatch Internship

…giving public presentations, communicating and organizing volunteers, educating the public about our loons, monitoring loons, and filling out data forms. I interviewed and accepted the position beginning in February. Now I can look back at what I have done. I presented at LoonWatch events like the Trout Unlimited Expo, lake…

SONWA winning books

SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults and Children

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Winners • 1991. Open Spaces, Jim Dale Vickery. Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) gave its inaugural award to Minnesota author Jim Dale Vickery for Open Spaces , a book that takes the reader to the unpopulated spaces in North America. Vickery, who…

Aerial shot of campus and surrounding region

Six individuals named to Board of Trustees

…a more sustainable region by integrating the environmental, economic, and social activities to improve the quality of life and well-being of its people. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Ullrich served for thirty years at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes regional office in Chicago, working on environmental