Chapter to host first virtual educational program during Covid-19 shutdown


ROCKFORD — Nathan Kutok and Ben Davies will present a video program for the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones about the amphibians and reptiles found in natural habitats of northern Illinois, with an emphasis on habitat associations, relative distribution, and local conservation efforts on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m.

A link to the video will be sent prior to the event for those wishing to attend.

Kutok is a soon-to-be graduate of Cary-Grove High School who has had an interest in reptiles and amphibians for as long as he can remember. He will enter Southern Illinois University–Carbondale this fall, majoring in wildlife biology and conservation. He has assisted with several regional herpetofaunal inventories, assisted the McHenry County Conservation District in a survey of smooth green snakes, and is currently doing a study on the ecology and distribution of crayfish snakes. He is on the seasonal stewardship staff of the Boone County Conservation District.

Davies is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, majoring in forestry-ecosystem restoration and management, with a focus on botany, plant ecology, and ecosystem restoration. He is a graduate of North Boone High School and Rock Valley College, and has interned with Citizens for Conservation in Barrington. He has also worked as a seasonal employee for the Boone County Conservation District.

Future programs of Wild Ones – Rock River Valley chapter will be presented online until our meeting venue reopens to the public. For information about this program or how to link to the video, contact Jerry Paulson at 815-222-4414.