Great Plains Natural Science Society


The Prairie Naturalist

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Document Type

Book Review


Prairie Naturalist (2022) 54: B1-B2


Gavia immer Brunnich (Common Loon) is a bird that has captivated bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, campers, cottagers, and others interested in the natural world for centuries. The loon also features prominently in Native American mythology. For many, the loon symbolizes the wildness of the north, and it is often used as a sentinel of lake health. Indeed, the Common Loon has inspired a wealth of literature, both scientific and popular, describing this species’ ecology, behavior, and fitness in the face of environmental changes. To this literature, Loon Lessons: Uncommon Encounters with the Great Northern Diver adds a complete and accurate account of loon behavior, natural history, and conservation that will appeal to both long-time loon enthusiasts and to those looking for a first-rate introduction to this species.