An Evening of Loonacy: The Life History & Current Status of Common Loons in North America
Speaker: Jay Mager, Professor of Biology at Ohio Northern University
April 25, 2023 at 7pm
Goodyear Heights Lodge - West Room
Goodyear Heights Metro Park
2077 Newton Street
Akron OH 44305
The Common Loon has long been considered an iconic species of the northern wilderness. However, as an indicator species of the ecological health and integrity of aquatic ecosystems, it also can reflect some of the most pressing environmental challenges. In this presentation, I hope to review the basic life history of the Common Loon, identify some of the more recent concerns facing loons, and present some of the most recent developments in research and conservation by scientists and citizens to preserve and protect current populations.
Jay Mager is a Professor of Biology at Ohio Northern University, where he teaches courses in biology, ecology, animal behavior, and ornithology. He received his BS degree in biology at Hiram College, his MS degree in zoology at Miami University, and his PhD in neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University. Trained as a behavioral ecologist, Jay has been fortunate to have spent most of his career studying various aspects of the life history of the Common Loon, and applying what he has learned to a number of conservation and management issues facing this iconic species.