A tingling of the spine occurs when you hear the haunting call of the Common Loon as it cuts the silence of a cool spring morning on Seeley Lake. It was here that Donna Love fell in love with loons, when in 1995 she and her husband, Tim, and their three children lived at the Seeley Lake Ranger Station at the north end of the lakeshore near a loon nest. She watched the loon pair nest, hatch, and raise chicks on the lake every summer for 14 years. In 1997 she became the secretary for the Montana Loon Society (MLS), a position she holds to this day.
Loons play a big part in Donna’s life. Aside from her work with the MLS she was directly involved in the pilot loon ranger program in the Seeley Lake/ Ovando are from 2000 to 2004 and takes part in the Common Loon Working Group. Donna also works to educate others about loons and Montana’s other fauna through her writing. In 2003, Donna’s first children’s nature book, Loons, Diving Birds of the North, was published by Mountain Press. She now has seven traditionally published and three independently published books, the last of which is Bandit in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the true story of a dog that when separated from his outfitter and guide family walked 96 miles in two days through a forest fire to return home.
Donna will share her years of experience watching and studying these fascinating birds at our meeting on February 12th at 7:00 PM in Room 123 of the Gallagher Business Building at UM.