The common loon is a signature presence on northern lakes. For an in-depth examination of the bird, a new book is coming out called Loon Lessons by James D. Paruk. Loon Lessons provides evolutionary and ecological explanations that are curious and compelling to the brand-new and the seasoned loon enthusiast. Written by one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject, the book is a compendium of knowledge about the common loon and an engaging record of scientific sleuthing, documenting more than twenty-five years of research into the great northern diver (available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the University of Minnesota Press website).
James D. Paruk is a professor of biology at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, where he teaches ornithology, animal behavior, biology and anatomy, and physiology. He was formerly an associate professor of biology at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, and also served for several years as chair of the research committee of LoonWatch, a program of the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute.
LoonWatch is hosting author James Paruk for a talk about his book and loon experiences on Wednesday, July 28 at 6 p.m. CST. via Zoom. There will be a presentation, followed by an opportunity to ask James questions or share your loon experience via chat. Please join us! Register here.