I do not know if anyone is following this blog any more...it's been so long since I've done anything even remotely consistent when it comes to posting here.
But, I am moving AGAIN!
For the last five and a half years, I have been in northern Illinois, learning and teaching about the natural history of the Prairie State. It has been a rewarding and educational time.
Some of the highlights of my time here have included seeing bison up close and in person; learning about prairie ecosystems; exploring the four rivers in this county (Rock, Sugar, Pecatonica, Kishwaukee); learning about freshwater mussels; seeing a badger (it was roadkill, but still, it was a real badger); creating amazing and imaginative camps for our summer day campers.
This summer I applied for a job back in Central New York, where I grew up. In fact, the job is at the nature center that I grew up visiting as a child: Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne, NY. It has been an incredibly busy 5 weeks since I accepted the job - and I start on October 3rd.
I am excited to be moving "back home," and will only be a 2-3 hour drive from my beloved Adirondack Mountains! I am looking forward to exploring both the mountains and central NY. I'll have my canoe ready to paddle, and my winter gear ready for real snow. I anticipate learning more of the native vegetation and insects of my home region, and can't wait to explore many of the state lands there.