Celebrating 35 Years
This year we are celebrating a notable anniversary at Northland College. LoonWatch, the longest running program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute (SOEI), celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary. The origins of LoonWatch are simple: “On a pleasant spring Saturday in 1978, twenty-four northern residents gathered in Ashland to attend a workshop on the status of the common loon in Wisconsin. They were concerned about the future of this unusually attractive bird. Wisconsin Project LoonWatch was born” wrote Tom Klein in the 1982 Wisconsin Project LoonWatch Report. Since then LoonWatch
has become a comprehensive program encompassing research, education, and outreach. Not only are we managing two citizen science monitoring programs and a research award, but our efforts also focus on the goal to encourage northwoods residents and visitors to develop a “lake ethic” in which they actively pursue protection of loons and their habitat. We accomplish this through our Speakers’ Bureau, Loon Appreciation Week, and Get the Lead Out programs. From a program with humble roots, we are proud to provide an all-encompassing program for loon and lake enthusiasts.
Erica LeMoine, LoonWatch Coordinator at Northland College FALL 2013 1