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Seventh Annual Loon & Fish Festival
Loon Lady Lynn Kelly featured

Seeley Swan Pathfinder
May 27, 1999

Lynn Kelly talking about her favorite subject. Donna Love photo

A lot is in store for locals and visitors at the Seventh Annual Loon & Fish Festival in Seeley Lake this weekend.

In addition to birdwalks and loon viewing tours on Saturday and Sunday, an evening program by Montana's Loon Lady, Lynn Kelly, will be featured at the Seeley Lake Ranger Station Saturday evening at 7:30.

Kelly is quite well known in the Seeley Swan for the work she has done here in the past 13 years, and is fondly known as the Loon Lady.

Her work was recognized earlier this spring when the Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society named Kelly "Wildlife Biologist of the Year" at its annual meeting in March.

It is the first time in 14 years that the Wildlife Society has presented this award to someone not employed by state or federal agencies. Kelly is a life science teacher at Polson Middle School.

Although work on loon studies has been carried on in other states, little was known about loon populations and patterns in Montana until 1986 when Kelly initiated her masters project in the Seeley Lake and upper Stillwater drainages.

In giving her this award, the society said the name Loon Lady affectionately bestowed on Kelly is "...a true reflection of her committment and significant contribution."

So, if you want to hear about loons from the Loon Lady, stop in at the Ranger Station Saturday evening.

A full schedule of events and activities for the Loon & Fish Festival are printed elsewhere in this issue.

There you will find times for pottery demonstrations, puppet shows, rug hooking, special presentations on the local fisheries and problems with introduction of illegal fish, and several other activities.

The festival concludes Sunday evening with a showing of winners from the International Wildlife Film Festival held recently in Missoula.

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