Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern Illinois
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Tom Anton will present this program on this region’s amphibians and reptiles with an emphasis on natural history and conservation. A discussion of the reproduction, diets, hibernation and habitats of these endlessly fascinating vertebrates will focus on local species (those in the northern quarter of Illinois and the likely residents of Severson Dells. Species not documented from the area (yet) will be discussed with the hope of inspiring the audience to photograph and record the presence of these and other rare or state listed species, to compare their status in Illinois from past to present.
Tom Anton, BS, MA is president and CEO of the Ecological Consulting Group, LLC. A Chicago-based naturalist and historian, he specializes in Astacology (crayfishes), Arachnology (specifically scorpions) Herpetology and Ichthyology. He has worked with native fishes, reptiles and amphibians as a consultant to county, state and federal agencies in the Chicago region and four other Midwest states, as well as in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, in land use planning and conservation status assessments. He is a Field Research Associate at the Field Museum, and an affiliate of the Illinois Natural History Survey.