Close Encounters with the Common Loon
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Larry L. Cox’s Close Encounters with the Common Loon is an intensely personal, almost reverential, account of some of his interactions with northern loons over decades in both remote wilderness areas and on recreational lakes. Through these close encounters came experience. His observations fostered learning; learning kindled passion; and passion led Cox to a feeling of proprietary responsibility for the future of loons. In his words: “Because of their special ability to permeate our lives so completely as a source of delight and wonder, Common Loons inhabit a special place among water birds. They remain magical and mystical, strange and lovely, accessible yet unknowable – a connection to a primitive era before human beings had even a toehold on this earth. Symbols of a vanishing wilderness, in their adaptation to us they seem to demand that we accept the responsibility to help them carry on—honored, cherished and protected.