John Rockwood brought his fascinating 60-minute narrated slide show, “The Life Cycle of Loons,” to the Thayer Memorial Library on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.
Known as “The New Hampshire Loon Man,” John is famous for his knowledge of loons. His show features breath-taking close-up photographs and videos of loons at different stages of the life cycle. Audience members were in awe of his stunning photographs and enjoyed his compelling stories about the loons he has known over the years. He wove an enormous amount of information into his stories, making them educational as well as entertaining.
After the program was over, John stayed and answered many questions from the audience and sold copies of his charming book, Adventures with Grapenut, about the loon chick he chronicled during the 2007 season.
Audience feedback from John’s program was overwhelmingly positive. I highly recommend this program for adults and older children interested in wildlife, nature, and photography.
"Thank you so much for an absolutely terrific program. The turnout exceeded my expectations and your presentation was informative, humorous, and a treat for the eyes. Grapenut's story is entertaining and we will be ordering a copy of the book. We had an audience of 51 and evaluations for 32. Twenty-eight rated the program excellent. The circulation desk said people were raving about your program. We will certainly have you back soon."
Ellen L. Knowlton
Head of Reference and Adult Services of Merrimack Public Library
Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories and knowledge about loons. We really enjoyed your presentation!
Northlake Watershed Association, Northwood, N.H.
"The show you presented at Concord Audubon about our local loons and other wildlife really impressed everyone. Your easy going presenting style and the factual information you shared with your funny stories, makes for a winning combination. We hope to see you again for future programs."
Store Manager Concord Audubon, N.H.
"A fabulous time was had by all. Your show knocked the socks off of everyone, and this is a hard group to entertain as they already know a lot about your subjects. Plus it was great how you made everyone laugh too, humor is a gift and you’ve got the whole package! You are top notch in your field."
Thanks again for the fantastic presentation. I told our local library how interesting it was and they'd love to have you call and see if it might work.
Thanks again, Julie and Mike Kuchinos
President Nubanusit Lake Association
"We want to book John for our June 16, 2009 show. We were very impressed from all the great things we have heard about him. We are willing to pay a premium to get him here."
Program Coordinator Audubon Wells Maine
"Your presentation about the loons and your story of 'Grapenut' enthralled the audience. Of all our live events, this summer, yours drew the biggest crowd! We’d love to have you come back next year!”
Lecture Series Coordinator Loon Center, Moultonborough, NH
"You could tell from his photos and his insightful observations that John Rockwood has an up-close-and-personal relationship with the loons he introduced us to in his fascinating talk and slideshow."
Carol Luers Eyman Outreach and Community Services Coordinator Nashua Public Library
John Rockwood was one of three artists featured recently in “The Nature of Art” exhibit at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley, NH. Staff and patrons alike responded warmly to his beautifully captured loon photos. Never before had we seen photographs of loons taken from such a close vantage point: the loons look close enough to touch! His fascination with the natural world is evident in his photographs as well as his delightful book, Adventures with Grapenut, a heartfelt account of his friendship with one special loon chick. Seeing his work, one can’t help but feel that fascination, too.
Not only did John exhibit his work at our gallery, but he also gave a presentation on his favorite subjects entitled, “Life Cycle of Loons.” John’s presentation was both humorous and informative, accompanied by a slide show jam-packed full of loon photographs. Everyone in the audience enjoyed the program immensely. In fact, after he spoke his book, Adventures with Grapenut, flew off our shelves! I would definitely recommend this program to a friend.