Feb
21

 

EARTHWATCH, WEEK 4:

  NOTES FROM THE FIELD

Loons running wildly across the open water of the lower lake, running into a south headwind, looking for lift to get their dense bodies airborne. If they are successful, short flights follow, sometimes up to the tree line, then back down to the surface of the lake. First one, then others follow, suggesting strongly that the activity is socially stimulated. It’s practice time for our Jocassee loons, as they prepare to depart for their far north summer breeding lakes. And it’s a wrap for this year’s Earthwatch too, as scientists and volunteers leave for their homeports. It’s been a wonderful experience for all involved. Much new knowledge is being generated, and new questions are arising as well, establishing fertile ground for further inquiry. The talk is of more years of research to follow, which is music to my loon-loving ears. The next two weeks or so will be a sad time for me, as our loons depart.~B

 

 


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