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BRI's work on mercury in songbirds has been in the news recently including an article in National Geographic Online. Pictured here is a Yellow Warbler.

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May 14, 2014

BRI Book Journey with the Loon Now Available

Biodiversity Research Institute Announces the Publication of a New Book: Journey with the Loon

Gorham, ME--Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) announces 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. Stunning and intimate 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 (www.willowcreekpress.com) 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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Funding for this project has been provided by the Ricketts Conservation Foundation, which was formed by Joe Ricketts to support the conservation of wildlife and natural resources. Underlying the Foundation's mission is the reality that government no longer has sufficient resources to deal effectively with the growing environmental challenges we face. As a result, private individuals and corporations must increasingly shoulder the responsibility of conserving our wildlife and wilderness areas. www.joericketts.com

The mission of Biodiversity Research Institute is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. BRI's Center for Loon Conservation offers an essential resource for local and global communities concerned with loon preservation. Our research studies encompass a variety of ecological stressors: chemical toxins; habitat loss in breeding and wintering grounds and along migratory routes; and avian diseases.www.briloon.org/looncenter

 

 
Photo Credits: Yellow Warbler © Ken Archer.
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