Monday, September 10, 2007

LoonWatch Accepting Grant Proposals

Below is the Request for Proposals for the 2008 Sigurd T. Olson Loon Research Award. The award amount will again be $2000 and proposals must be received by December 3, 2007.

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If you have questions about this award program or the proposal requirements, you can find more information on the LoonWatch website at:



College Communications Office
Northland College
1411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland, Wisconsin 54806
(715) 682-1678
(715) 682-1690 (fax)

September 10, 2007
CONTACT: Bob Gross
(715) 682-1347

LoonWatch accepting grant proposals

ASHLAND, Wis. –LoonWatch, a program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College, is accepting proposals for the 2008 Sigurd T. Olson Loon Research Award. The award is named for biologist Sigurd T. Olson, whose 1952 paper with co-author William H. Marshall, “The Common Loon in Minnesota,” continues to be cited as one of the premier baseline reports on the species.

Since 1986, the loon research award has provided funding for original research that leads to better understanding and management of loon populations. LoonWatch will accept proposals for research conducted in North America on any Gavia species. Research on behavior, breeding ecology, migration, winter ecology, toxicology and evolution will be considered. Proposals addressing human impacts to loons will be given special consideration.

The award will be designated for research that will be conducted during the 2008 calendar year. The maximum grant is $2,000. A portion of the award is funded by the North American Loon Research Endowment. The proposal deadline is December 3, 2007 and the award winner will be notified by January 31, 2008.

Northland College and its Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute are located in Ashland, Wis., near the shores of Lake Superior. The College has been recognized as one of the top colleges in the nation for science and mathematics, as a model environmental campus for the Lake Superior Basin, and as one of Wisconsin's true liberal arts colleges. Founded in 1892, Northland now enrolls 700 students from 38 states, Puerto Rico, and three countries. For more information about Northland College and its Institute, visit our website at

For more information on the award, please go to . To request proposal guidelines contact LoonWatch at: STO Loon Research Award, Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College, 1411 Ellis Ave, Ashland WI 54806, e-mail or call 715-682-1220

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