Food for Thought program to welcome loon project coordinator

Tracy Hart Photo submitted

Food for Thought, offered by the University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College, is scheduled to return on Zoom at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 29. Tracy Hart, Maine Loon Restoration Project Coordinator at Maine Audubon, will be the guest speaker.

The presentation aims to answer a variety of questions, according to a press release from Senior College board member Diane Clay. Have you ever heard the mournful call of a loon and wondered who it was calling to and why? Or have you wondered why a loon that fights fiercely with other loons all season lets its guard down at this time of year to socialize in large groups? How is Maine’s loon population doing? Where do loons go in winter? Why do they make these haunting calls at night?

The presentation will also cover threats loons face and conservation actions people can take to help keep loons thriving in Maine’s lakes and ponds.

Hart has worked for Maine Audubon for three years and leads a five-year project in partnership with the Lakes Environmental Association, Maine Lakes, the Penobscot Nation and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, aimed at increasing loon productivity and combating against the causes of death.

She is working with local partners and residents to help loon pairs struggling to hatch chicks by placing artificial nesting platforms, and she is reaching out to lake users on what steps they can take. take to reduce loon deaths from boat strikes and lead fishing gear.

Hart grew up in coastal Maine and has worked in conservation for the past 30 years in the United States and around the world. She holds a BS in Biology from Brown University and an MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland.

To register and for more information, send an e-mail [email protected] before Wednesday, September 28 to receive a link. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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