The common loon, known for its haunting call and ability to dive more than 200 feet, is one of the least common nesting birds in Wyoming. It’s so rare, in fact, that only 22 pairs live in the entire greater Yellowstone ecosystem. And the next closest population is 200 miles northwest.
Just three months after its opening day in late July, outdoor Stations of the Cross at Cloisters on the Platte retreat center near Gretna has attracted more than 5,000 people.
The Ricketts Conservation Foundation funds the current study, with a goal of “re-establishing loons in their former breeding range and helping populations recover where they are declining.”
Joe Ricketts Talks Family, Religion, and How He Plans to Change the World Through Opportunity Education
“My dream is to be able to offer every student in the world a good education through the opportunity of Next Generation Learning system. We can do this with a unique mix of technology and a fresh way of thinking about education.”
Joe Ricketts’ passion project, a 931-acre religious retreat on the Platte, has a chapel, 7 lodges and a 2,500-foot walk
“People will come here to enhance their spiritual life, to make it deeper,” Ricketts said. “And really to make that whole aspect of their lives healthier.”
“When the people come here, they need to have the opportunity to contemplate, meditate and pray,” Ricketts said of the retreat. “They set themselves apart from the rest of the world.”