Loon experts to speak at Whitman

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The Blue Mountain Audubon Society will hold a public program, "Conservation of the Common Loon in the Pacific Northwest," tonight at 7:30 in Gaiser Auditorium, Hall of Science, Whitman College, 345 Boyer Ave.

The subject will be presented by naturalists and wildlife photographers Daniel Poleschook and Virginia Gumm. Poleschook and Gumm are common loon conservationists and wildlife photographers from Loon Lake, Wash. They have been conducting common loon research in Washington State since 1996 and have captured, measured and banded common loons in Washington and California since 2000. They have been working to provide common loon conservation to prevent further breeding-range contraction in the Pacific Northwest. The meeting and program are free and open to the public. Parking is available next to the building. For more details, see blumtn.org.

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