The Flathead Audubon Society will provide an informative and entertaining program on loons on Monday, March 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gateway West Community Room, U.S. Highway 2 West in Kalispell.
Chris Hammond, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Regional Nongame/Mitigation Biologist in Kalispell will discuss the history of common loon conservation in Montana and summarize research from the Montana Loon Study in the early 1990s and the Loon Ecology Project (2002-2008). He will share the successes and what he believes to be potential failures, as well as what we may expect to see in the future. Hammond is responsible for survey, inventory, management and conservation of primarily non-game wildlife species. He also works on mitigation projects that involve conservation easements, acquisitions and habitat restoration. His undergraduate and graduate work focused on the ecology of common loons in northwest Montana. In 2010, with collaboration from members of the Common Loon Working Group, he completed the Conservation Plan for common loons in Montana.
Hammond currently is a co-chair of the Montana Common Loon Working Group. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information go to flatheadaudubon.org.