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Several scientists have conducted loon research in Wisconsin from 1989 to present. Beginning with groundbreaking research led by Dr. Dave Evers to develop an efficient method of capture and banding loons, the work expanded to investigate the impact of mercury, the BP oil spill, and botulism E on the breeding population of loons in Wisconsin and Minnesota. This work in Wisconsin was conducted jointly by Kevin Kenow with the US Geological Service in LaCrosse and Mike Meyer with the Wisconsin DNR.

In the process of conducting this work, Kevin develop and pioneered the use of satellite telemetry and other remote sensing techniques to document loon migration patterns and foraging behavior in the Upper Midwest. Dr. Walter Piper from Chapman Univesity and Jay Mager from Cornell have also conducted loon behavioral research in Wisconsin, taking advantage of the color banding approach to understand much more regarding loon behavior and mate selectionon the breeding grounds. Highlights from these diverse research projects will be shared in this presentation, as well as recommendations that have been developed for loon conservation for future generations.

Mike Meyer is currently a research scientist with Nova Ecological Services in Woodruff, Wisconsin. Mike earned his PhD in wildlife ecology at UW Madison in 1989 after which he worked twenty-five years as a wildlife research scientist with Wisconsin DNR. During that time, Mike collaborated with several other scientists to conduct groundbreaking research on common loons in Wisconsin. Currently, Mike 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.

Join us for a series of three lectures to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of LoonWatch. Lectures will take place at 6:30 pm.

February 21: Common Loon Migration: Challenges Faced Throughout the Annual Cycle

May 2: Using Trail Cameras to Monitor Loon Nests


Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
29270 Co Hwy G
Ashland, WI United States
(715) 685-9983



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