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Wisconsin Loon Population Survey Update

This year marked the seventh Wisconsin Loon Population Survey. This survey started in 1985 and is orchestrated once every five years on 258 pre-selected lakes throughout northern Wisconsin. This year…  Read More

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Full Circle

Former LoonWatch Intern Christopher Emory describes his internship experience as “coming full circle, from learning about loons and educating the public last summer, to actually doing the hands-on field work…  Read More

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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…  Read More

Loons Spread the Good News about Menhaden

By Paul Spitzer, PhD | Reprinted from the Atlantic Journal New regulations clamping down on the commercial menhaden harvest are working—last fall’s Chesapeake Bay loon count offers proof. Autumn brings…  Read More

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Doug Smith: Lessons from Yellowstone

Twenty Years of Wolf Recovery By Douglas A. Smith, wildlife biologist at Yellowstone National Park From Yellowstone National Park’s start in 1872, policy reflected cultural norms and allowed for the…  Read More

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2014 SONWA Winners Announced

Northland College announced today for Earth Day their choices for the best in nature writing this past year. Three authors have been selected to receive the Sigurd F. Olson Nature…  Read More

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Happy Birthday, Earth Day!

BY MARK PETERSON, for the Duluth News Tribune The idea sprung from disaster. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson had just viewed the Santa Barbara oil spill in August 1969. He was…  Read More

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7 Fun Facts About Earth Day

Anti-communist crusaders and the John Birch Society called foul on the proposed date for Earth Day—April 22, 1970—because, they discovered, it coincided with the 100th anniversary of Russian communist…  Read More

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Timber Wolf Alliance Returns

After a seven-year tenure at the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters, Wis., the Timber Wolf Alliance is in the process of returning north to Northland College. “We birthed…  Read More