Loon Facts or Fiction? An Update from Dr.Piper

Northern Wisconsin Loon Flying Low Over Water

Dr. Walter H. Piper knows loons. I mean… he really knows loons. Since 1993, he and several colleagues have led The Loon Project, an in-depth study of loon territorial behavior in Oneida County, Wisconsin. During the late spring and summer months, you can find Dr. Piper on many of our lakes, banding, studying and analyzing data to better understand our “Great Northern Divers”. We recently had the chance to catch up with Dr. Piper, who is also a professor of biology at Chapman … [Read more...]

Do Loons Mate for Life?

Loon Family

Part 2 of an interview series with Dr. Piper, founder of The Loon Project, a 20 year study of loon behavior in Oneida County, Wisconsin. NorthernWisconsin.com: When we first talked, you mentioned that scientists have learned a good deal about loons in the past 20 years. What is one of the biggest discoveries? Dr. Piper:  It took only a year or two to dispel the biggest myth about loons: that they mate for life. Right away we could see that territory owners – both male and female -- … [Read more...]

Male Loons Fight to the Death

Male Loons Fight Over Territory

Part 3 of an interview series with Dr. Piper, founder of The Loon Project, a 20 year study of loon behavior in Oneida County, Wisconsin. NorthernWisconsin.com:  What are some of the other big discoveries you have found through your research in Oneida County, Wisconsin? Dr. Piper: In the course of our work on territory takeover, we came upon another interesting behavioral pattern: fatal battles among males. Although it took many years of data collection to confirm the pattern … [Read more...]

Loon Banding & How We Track Them

Loon Tracking Bands

Part 4 of an interview series with Dr. Piper, founder of The Loon Project, a 20 year study of loon behavior in Oneida County, Wisconsin. NorthernWisconsin.com:  Can you explain the loon banding process? When do you do it and how do you possibly keep track of every loon? Dr. Piper: We can only capture loons efficiently in the late summer, when they have chicks. A pair that has chicks will not dive as much as a chickless pair. Instead, they will remain with the chicks and protect them, … [Read more...]

Favorite Memories From a Life’s Work

Dr. Walter Piper Studying Northern Wisconsin Loons

Part 5 of an interview series with Dr. Piper, founder of The Loon Project, a 20 year study of loon behavior in Oneida County, Wisconsin. NorthernWisconsin.com:  Do you have a favorite memory or story from your Northern Wisconsin loon experiences so far? Dr. Piper:  After two decades of working in northern Wisconsin, I have lots of good memories. Many of these come from friendships I have made with folks who live on our study lakes. However, one of my warmest memories was of saving a … [Read more...]

Mt Ashwabay Fat Tire Double Donut Derby Bike Race

Mt Ashwabay Fat Tire Bike Race Participants

On February 2nd, 2013, Mt Ashwabay Ski & Recreation Area in Bayfield, Wisconsin will host their first ever fat tire snow race. The Mt Ashwabay Fat Tire Double Donut Derby start time will be at 1:30pm and the event will last an average time of 45 minutes.  The course consists of two approximately 2.5 mile laps of mtb single track and XC ski trails with an awesome decent at the end of each lap.  Bikes are recommended to have tires of at least 3.5 inches wide in order to handle the … [Read more...]

The Little Looney Tales: Hatched – A Book Review

The Little Loony Tales - Hatched - Final Cover

This book review was submitted by Anna Ward (age 14), a summer resident of Eagle River and a self-proclaimed loon enthusiast from as far back as she can remember. “The Little Looney Tales - Hatched” is written by two authors, Lizzie and Jack. Lizzie resides “Up North” on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Jack lives on the Monterey Coast in California. This is the first book the two authors wrote together and they both share a love and passion for loons.  The beautiful illustrations … [Read more...]

Above & Beyond Cabin, Washington Island

Wisconsin Cottage Rentals Above & beyond

Above & Beyond Cottage offers 4 wooded acres located on 300 feet of private beachfront on Washington Island, Wisconsin. It’s the perfect cabin rental for swimming, beach combing, campfires and watching our breath-taking sunsets. The cabin has 3 bedrooms (2 queen size beds and 1 set of twin beds) and can sleep a total of 6. There are 1 ½ baths. There’s an eat-in kitchen with a large comfortable living and dining room and the main living area leads to a expansive deck which … [Read more...]

“Broken Ear” the Albino Deer

Albino Whitetail Buck Broken Ear

Mike Crowley is one of the exceptional Northwoods photographers whose beautiful images grace many of the pages of this website. In 1998, Mike and his wife retired and moved to Northern Wisconsin and were lucky enough to find a home near a state forest with lots of private land. When he first moved there, Mike would only encounter a couple of albino deer every now and then. Nowadays (thanks in part to the food plot he built to attract the deer), there are 4 albino deer living on his land, plus … [Read more...]

18 Foot 1978 Starcraft Boat for Sale – SOLD

18-foot 1957 Starcraft Boat (Sold)

Wonderful boat for fishing or recreation - or both! 18-foot, deep V, aluminum, wide beam Starcraft with walk-through windshield and upholstered seating for 8; 115 hp trim-&-tilt Johnson outboard with stainless steel prop, plus extra prop. Shorelander trailer with brand new tires. Boat has 18-gallon fuel tank; brand new dual batteries, with third deep cycle spare. Full convertible top and custom fabricated foul weather side curtains and covering. Illuminated compass and dash. Navigation … [Read more...]