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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…

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.

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.

Loon Ecology & Pontoon Tour

May 18, 9:00 am3:00 pm

Participants will enjoy a loon pontoon with expert loon ecologist and LoonWatch Coordinator Erica LeMoine. Class instruction covers loon behavior, ecology, habitat, threats, and protection. Participants will learn how to identify territorial pairs and gain knowledge about nesting loons and chick phenology. This workshop serves as training for volunteer Loon Rangers but is open to…

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…

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…