Professor to present talk on loons and the risks they face from human activity

Saint Joseph’s College celebrates its 100th Anniversary with the third of its Centennial Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 20.

Camilla Fecteau, a biology instructor at the college, will give a talk titled “Common Loons: Preserving a symbol of Maine wilderness.” The lecture will discuss the life history of loons, the biggest risks to their survival and actions that humans can take to preserve their place on our lakes. According to Fecteau, loons are an indicator species for environmental health.

The talk begins at 7 p.m., and is part of the “Faculty After Hours Centennial Lecture Series” celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Saint Joseph’s College. The series is free and open to the public. All lectures are held at the Viola George Auditorium of Harold Alfond Hall at the Standish campus.

Fecteau, a resident of Raymond, has studied loons extensively in the field and enjoys presenting her research to non-scientific audiences. Her primary research focus has been mercury toxicology in wild bird populations. She has worked as a biologist for the Loon Preservation Committee of New Hampshire and the Biodiversity Research Institute of Gorham, where she studied the effects of mercury on a number of bird species. She is a former environmental educator at the Portland Water District office in Standish on Sebago Lake and field manager for the Casco Bay Estuaries Partnership.

A 30-minute question-and-answer period follows the presentation, and light refreshments will be served. 893-7723. The lecture is sponsored by Bon Appetit, the sustainably oriented food services provider at the college.

Saint Joseph’s College began in Portland as a school for young women wanting to become educators. It now offers 40 academic programs at its Standish campus, where it enrolls 1,000 men and women, plus online undergraduate and graduate degrees to working adults nationally and globally. The school added its distance education program in 1976, now called Saint Joseph’s College Online.

“Since 1912, we have emphasized education that combines career focus with classic liberal arts studies to create a well-rounded graduate,” says President Kenneth Lemanski. “Our Centennial theme, ‘Realize the Promise,’ reflects our commitment to the high level of personal attention we give our students, whether on campus or online. It is that attention that enhances professional opportunities and guides development of the whole person.”

March 7, 2012
Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail