Science Speaker Series: Dr. James Paruk

July 20, 2023

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Science Speaker Series graphic with Dr. James Paruk

Loon Lessons with Dr. James Paruk

Common Loons are iconic birds of northern lakes that captivate us with their mysterious vocalizations and devotion to their chicks. This talk will cover much of what we know about loon behavior and ecology through the lens of a scientist who has studied them for the past 30 years. Along the way, he will share many of his personal experiences and up-close encounters with loons throughout North America.
A book signing will follow the presentation!

Purchase a copy of "Loon Lessons" from The Wild Supply Co.

Free for members or with paid admission

About the speaker:
James D. Paruk is one of the world’s leading experts on the Common Loon. Paruk has studied breeding and wintering loons in several states and Canada for 30 years. He recently wrote a book entitled, Loon Lessons: Uncommon Encounters with the Great Northern Diver published by the University of Minnesota Press. The book provides the most current detailed account of what we know about loon biology, behavior, and conservation. Currently, he is a Professor of Biology at St. Joseph’s College, in Maine.