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"Loon Lessons" with James D. Paruk

August 3, 2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Discover the nature of the common loon, from biology to behavior, from one of the world’s foremost observers of the revered waterbird. James D. Paruk shares his wealth of knowledge about the common loon. His program is based on his new book Loon Lessons, which is an engaging record of scientific sleuthing, documenting more than twenty-five years of research. James’ program and book describe the common loon’s biology in an entertaining style that affords a deeper understanding of the bird’s natural history and annual life cycle.

James D. Paruk is one of the world’s leading experts on the Common Loon: he has studied breeding loons and wintering loons in several states and in Canada for almost thirty years. After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, he studied the health and recovery of wintering loons in Louisiana for Earthwatch Institute. He has served as vice president of the North American Loon Fund and chair of the research committee for LoonWatch, the flagship program of the Sigurd Olson Research Institute at Northland College in Wisconsin. He is associate professor of biology at St. Joseph’s College, adjunct professor of biology at the University of Southern Maine, and adjunct senior research scientist at the Biodiversity Research Institute in Portland, Maine.