Members Annual Meeting

ESLA Annual Meeting – 2012 Saturday June 23 at 10:00 AM at Elk Rapids High School
ESLA extends our deepest appreciation to all those who are a part of our efforts. We value our membership and volunteers and hold our annual meetings to bring together members in a relaxed setting. We talk of things of interest to the members and enjoy refreshments and fellowship.

Come early for coffee and doughnuts and the enjoyable company of fellow members and guests.
Last ESLA Annual Meeting (2011)

Sharing the commons: “A natural history of loons in Michigan.”
Joseph Kaplan
Common Coast Research & Conservation

Joe Kaplan was the featured speaker at our annual meeting on July 23, 2011. He is the Director of the Common Coast Research and Conservation (CCRC)

Joe Kaplan has pursued a passion for natural history since childhood. Though interested in many aspects of avian ecology, the population dynamics of the common loon has occupied the lion’s share of his attention for seventeen seasons. When not in the field, he can usually be found mending historic buildings, tending the garden, or organizing a grassroots effort to protect land somewhere in the Keweenaw Peninsula that he calls home.

Joe’s presentation was terrific and covered everything you would like to know about loons generally and the research that his group is conducting, including loons in our Chain of Lakes watershed.

CCRC Mission Statement:
• To research the population dynamics and breeding biology of the common loon
• To investigate the factors inhibiting the long-term viability of common loon populations
• To evaluate the contaminants exposure and overall ecological health of aquatic environments by utilizing the common loon and other bio-indicators
• To promote public appreciation of the present status and future conservation needs of the common loon
• To facilitate the conservation and restoration of watersheds necessary to protect common loon populations