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March 2018 Program

Common Loon Conservation and Management

A Success Story That Began 35 Years Ago

presented by Chris Hammond

Chris Hammond

Join us Monday, March 12 , 7-9 PM at the Gateway West Community Room, US Highway 2 West, Kalispell, for an informative and entertaining program on loons. Chris Hammond, 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.

Chris Hammond works for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks as the Regional Nongame/Mitigation Biologist in Kalispell. He is responsible for survey, inventory, management, and conservation of primarily nongame 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. Chris is currently a co-chair of the Montana Common Loon Working Group.

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