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Fall Festival

…of Trustees founded the Sigurd Olson Institute of Environmental Studies. In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute is hosting a celebratory, environmental conference September 21 and 22, 2022. The conference will include retrospective presentations on the founding and history of the Institute, features on its current…

Mike Meyer

Loon Researcher Mike Meyer Retires from WDNR

…a body of work I am thankful to have tackled,” he said. LoonWatch has been privileged to work closely with Meyer, an internationally recognized source of loon expertise. He has served on the LoonWatch Advisory Council for more than ten years, and plans to continue. *Leg bands help researchers identify…

Loon flying over a lake

Loon Ranger Training Workshop

May 7, 1:00 pm4:00 pm

Become a Loon Ranger! Since 1978, LoonWatch’s Annual Lakes Monitoring Program has engaged an active volunteer network of Loon Rangers as its primary tool to collect critical long-term data on loons in northern Wisconsin. This free workshop will teach you how to monitor loons and what’s new in loon research….

Loon flying

Loon Ranger Training Workshop

April 8, 1:00 pm4:00 pm

Become a Loon Ranger! Since 1978, LoonWatch’s Annual Lakes Monitoring Program has engaged an active volunteer network of Loon Rangers as its primary tool to collect critical long-term data on loons in northern Wisconsin. This free workshop will teach you how to monitor loons and what’s new in loon research….

wolf head

Tug of War Over Wolves

Research reveals pendulum swings have negative impacts Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Erik Olson grew up in northern Wisconsin hunting, fishing, and hanging out at his family’s sugarbush. He paddled rivers, hiked trails, and watched the night sky. “That’s why I’m in this field, my strong love of the outdoors,”…

2017 Loon poster Photo by Lorna Rohloff

Foot Waggling Loon Dad Cover of 2017 Loon Poster

…the educational value and the beauty of the photo. What set it apart though from dozens of beautiful loon shots is the foot waggle—”thought to be a comfort movement, possibly used as a means of cooling off,” said LoonWatch Coordinator Erica LeMoine. “It was something we hadn’t seen captured in…

Loon flying over a lake

Wisconsin Loon Population Survey Update

…the number of adult loons and loon chicks. If a volunteer did not see loons on the lake, that was valuable information too, and so noted. This is the only survey that gives us a big picture look at Wisconsin’s loon population, and the results will be used to estimate…

Sigurd Olson Letters

…have to watch closely. I can just imagine how beautiful it must be up on your island in Rainy [Lake] these gorgeous fall days. Kindest personal regards. Sincerely yours, Sigurd F. Olson On the day before his 50th birthday, Sigurd is in Toronto, where he has just succeeded in a…

NIck Smith at booth at Loon Days

My LoonWatch Internship

…giving public presentations, communicating and organizing volunteers, educating the public about our loons, monitoring loons, and filling out data forms. I interviewed and accepted the position beginning in February. Now I can look back at what I have done. I presented at LoonWatch events like the Trout Unlimited Expo, lake…

SONWA winning books

SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults and Children

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Winners • 1991. Open Spaces, Jim Dale Vickery. Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) gave its inaugural award to Minnesota author Jim Dale Vickery for Open Spaces , a book that takes the reader to the unpopulated spaces in North America. Vickery, who…