Delivered via slides and other visual aids where appropriate, this presentation by Pam Otto allows for up-to-the-minute coverage of nearby nature news. At this time of the year, late spring, we’ll have seen the return of our migratory bird species, and many will be nesting. Pollinators will be busy too as wildflowers and shrubs will be blooming; we’ll also have frogs and toads calling from local ponds… basically something for everyone!
Pam Otto is the outreach ambassador and naturalist for the St. Charles Park District. She received a bachelor’s degree in foods in business from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in outdoor education from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. Although she has been chasing snakes since the age of three, she worked in the field of trade publishing for 15 years prior to her “rebirth” as a naturalist in 1999. Since that time, she has worked at the Kane County Forest Preserve District’s Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center, at the Fox Valley Park District’s Red Oak Nature Center in North Aurora, and joined the naturalist staff at St. Charles Park District in September 2007. She has been telling stories of the natural world to residents: from seniors to preschoolers; to members of civic and social organizations; and to readers of her weekly newspaper column, “Good Natured,” published in the Kane County Chronicle.
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