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Preserving Loons for Future Generations
March 28, 2018, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Over 25 Years of Common Loon Research in Wisconsin
In the second of a three-part series to celebrate the 40th anniversary of LoonWatch, Mike Meyer will review his twenty-five years of common loon research in Wisconsin, highlighting diverse research projects and recommendations that have been developed for loon conservation for future generations.
The event will take place Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.
Meyer earned his PhD in wildlife ecology at UW-Madison in 1989, then worked twenty-five years as a wildlife research scientist with Wisconsin DNR.
During that time, Meyer collaborated with scientists to conduct research on common loons in Wisconsin including:
• development of an efficient method of capture and banding loons;
• investigations of the impact of mercury, the BP oil spill, and botulism E on the breeding population of loons;
• the use of satellite telemetry and other remote sensing techniques to document loon migration patterns and foraging behavior in the Upper Midwest; and of loon behavioral research in Wisconsin.
Now a research scientist with Nova Ecological Services in Woodruff, Wisconsin, Meyer is providing consulting services on topics ranging from citizen science projects to lakeshore restoration to climate change in the Northern Highlands region of northern Wisconsin.
LoonWatch, a program of the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, protects common loons and their aquatic habitats through education, monitoring, and research.
The third in this LoonWatch series, Using Trail Cameras to Monitor Loon Nests, will take place Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.