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Audubon to host presentation on the common loon

LANSING—The first meeting of the Lee LeBlanc Chapter of the Audubon Society will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 11 at the Iron County Historical Museum in Caspian.
     Sandy Gillum of Eagle River, Wis. will present a program titled “Loons, Creatures of Habitat.” Her presentation will describe the life cycle of the common loon and the importance of northern shores and waters to their survival.
    Gillum is past president and director of Education of the Vilas County Lakes Association and past vice-president of Wisconsin Association of Lakes. She serves as co-chairman of the Town of Washington Water Resources Task Force. She is active in programs that conserve shoreline habitats and has led several Wisconsin Natural Resources Foundation lake related field trips. Her experience includes designing shoreline restorations on public and private shores in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.
     As a graduate ecologist, she conducted and published research on qualities of northern Wisconsin lakes and shorelands, studied production and behaviors of the common loon, researched use of northern shoreland habitat by migratory bird species and monitored and banded Trumpeter Swans.
    Her book, “Loon Summer,” describes an observation that occurred during her field studies of the common loon.
     The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.