Amphibians & reptiles at Nygren Wetland Preserve

Amphibians & reptiles at Nygren Wetland Preserve


The Natural Land Institute will host the first of a series of campfire talks from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the Carl and Myrna Nygren Wetland Preserve, located a mile west of Rockton at 3190 W. Rockton Road. The program is free and open to the public.

Hear about amphibians and reptiles at the preserve from Rebecca Christoffel, wildlife ecologist from the University of Wisconsin. Walk with her and observe turtles coming to nest, frogs and snakes.

Christoffel says she will examine a year in the life of an amphibian and help her listeners meet several face to face. “Then we will talk abut a year in the life of a reptile and talk in greater depth about live specimens that I’ll bring along. We’ll cover topics such as natural history, conservation threats and what you can do to help these animals.”

Christoffel studied white-tailed deer for her master’s degree, but says her real passion is the unhuggables—reptiles, amphibians and bats. She has presented programs to the public for 10 years.

The Natural Land Institute purchased the 721-acre Nygren Wetland Preserve two years ago and is restoring native prairies and woodlands that originally covered the land in the 1830s. Established in 1958, the Natural Land Institute is a private, member-supported, nonprofit conservation organization that protects land, water and wildlife in Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

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