She’s 26, he’s 4: Loon scientist discovers his birds are cougars
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By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, August 5, 2016

This summer, Postmedia’s Tom Spears brings you the often offbeat science behind the season that calls us to go outdoors. It’s a series we call the Science of Summer. Today’s story takes another look at a long-running Wisconsin loon study that just keeps on giving.

The bird that floats serenely on our one-dollar coin takes a swim on the wild side more often than anyone knew.

For starters, we’re relying on the official, scientific terminology used by biologist Walter Piper of Chapman University. His headline in an online research blog: “When Loons are Cougars: Why Do Old Females Often Pair with Young Males?”