Sunday, May 18, 2014

New Book: Journey with the Loon

Journey with the LoonThe Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) has announced the publication of Journey with the Loon. Authors David Evers and Kate Taylor detail the story of the Common Loon, told from the perspective of first-hand, in-depth study.

Images by nature photographers Ginger and Daniel Poleschook capture the loon’s cycle of life through the seasons. In his Foreword, award-winning author and field biologist Jeff Fair recounts tales of “the simple joy in understanding such a wild spirit.” Published by Willow Creek Press, the 144-page hardcover book includes a companion DVD.

“This book represents a rare opportunity to share our loon research with both the scientific community and the general public in a timeless and meaningful way,” says David Evers, Ph.D., BRI’s executive director and chief scientist. “We are pleased to be able to showcase the importance of the Common Loon, one of four loon species that we study. As an indicator of the health of our lakes as well as near shore marine ecosystems across North America, the loon is critical to our understanding of how to identify and solve environmental problems that affect people as well as wildlife. We are grateful for the support we have been given to conduct the research needed to learn more.”

In 2013, the Ricketts Conservation Foundation awarded BRI a $6.5 million grant to support a five-year scientific initiative to strengthen and restore loon populations within their existing and former range. This initiative, named Restore the Call, is the largest Common Loon conservation study to date. Research efforts are focusing in three key breeding population centers across the United States, from the western mountains to the Atlantic seaboard.

Journey with the Loon is available on the publisher’s website ( and proceeds will help support BRI’s Center for Loon Conservation. The Center, with a staff of 12 biologists, conducts original research and monitoring projects across North America with an emphasis on using loons as indicators of aquatic health. Evers has been actively studying loons since 1987. Taylor has been involved in loon conservation since 1995. Before joining BRI, she spent 12 years overseeing the scientific program for the Loon Preservation Committee in New Hampshire. Evers and Taylor are the co-authors of two other books by Willow Creek Press, Call of the Loon and Call of the North Woods.

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