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Landrum Library Speaker Series: Loons of Lake Jocassee – POSTPONED

November 10, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Please keep an eye out on our website calendar of events and Facebook for the rescheduled date.


Date: November 10, 2022

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Landrum Library

Speakers: Brooks Wade and Dr. Jay Mager


The Common Loon is one of the most studied birds on the planet, but most of the research has been on their summer breeding behavior while they raise their young, but who knows what they do in winter? We do! For six years, we have watched and recorded the behavior of these enigmatic birds on Lake Jocassee. It is the first ever study of loons in winter in a freshwater environment. Loons have spent most of their natural history wintering in marine environments and only within the last 100 years or so have they begun to winter on lakes such as Jocassee.This year, the study has been expanded to include loon migration in spring, when loons use Lake Jocassee as a significant stop-over lake. Both research projects will be the topic of discussion.

Dr. Jay Mager is the principal investigator of the ongoing Jocassee loon research and is a Professor of Biological & Allied Health Sciences at Ohio Northern University, where he teaches courses in ecology, ornithology, and animal behavior. He is also a book review editor for the American Ornithological Society. Dr. Mager earned his PhD in ornithology from Cornell University.

Brooks Wade is the co-founder, along with his wife Kay, of Jocassee Lake Tours and Jocassee Wild Outdoor Education. Brooks is the host, guide and co-investigator for the Jocassee research. It is Brooks’ passion for loons and his awareness of the unique opportunity for research on Lake Jocassee that brought the attention of the scientific community to Lake Jocassee.


Contact Pam Torlina, [email protected], with questions or for more information.


November 10, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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