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7pm Program: Wed Nov 20th, LOONS IN OUR MIDST by Steve and Martha Ellis

posted Oct 30, 2019, 12:28 PM by Roxie Rochat


Come hear the evocative calls – you’ll feel transported to a northern lake!  Loons are the essence of wilderness.  Their haunting calls evoke images of forested lakes and remote tundra, yet many of these beguiling creatures are drawn to Camano each year.

Which loon species do we host?  Where do they come from?  What draws them here?  When is the best time of year to see loons from local beaches?

This presentation will answer these and other loon questions.  We’ll focus on which fish species are preyed on and how loons catch them (Common Loons can dive to depths of 200 feet!). We’ll also answer the age-old question, “Are loons loony?”

Come hear the evocative calls – you’ll feel transported to a northern lake!

Presenters Steve & Martha Ellis have been making natural history presentations and leading field trips for 30 years.  Steve is a former president of Whidbey Audubon Society and grew up listening to the calls of loons in Alaska.  Born and raised in Arizona, Martha became acquainted with loons when she moved to Whidbey after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University.  She is a former WAS board member and is a member of the Washington Native Plant Society.  The Ellises are longtime residents of Coupeville

This community program is Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center (Blue Building), 141 N East Camano Drive. The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month. For information, call 360-387-2236, visit, or email