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Using Trail Cameras to Monitor Loon Nests
May 2, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
In the third of a three-part series celebrating the 40th anniversary of LoonWatch, Jeff Marshall Wilson, a retired WDNR wildlife technician, will talk about using trail cameras to monitor loon nests Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.
Wilson has conducted field inventories and research on wildlife during his 38-year career and has worked closely with WDNR Science Services and USGS researchers on common loon research. His particular expertise includes ecology and management of furbearers, bald eagle and osprey, as well as common loons.
Throughout thirty-plus years of common loon (Gavia immer) studies in northern Wisconsin researchers have observed nest failures due to a number of causes. Several attempts to identify and quantify causes of nest failures has provided some insights but also raised questions. Using current advances in remote camera technology, Wilson will talk about what he’s discovered.
LoonWatch, a program of the Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, protects common loons and their aquatic habitats through education, monitoring, and research.
Other lectures in the series include: