River otter populations in Illinois have rebounded about >80 years of protection and a successful re-introduction in the mid-90s. Although these semi-aquatic mammals have been confirmed in every county in Illinois since their re-introduction, their population status within Lake County is unknown. The Lake County Forest Preserve District’s Wildlife Monitoring Program seeks to document the diversity and abundance of wildlife within Lake County, and recent expansions of monitoring efforts have shown river otters to be more widespread than previously thought. Learn about river otters in Illinois and what to look for when you are out and about!
Presented by Andrew Rutter, Wildlife Biologist, Lake County Forest Preserve District.
Each event will have a scheduled short presentation on a relevant topic, followed by a brief discussion period, and time for conversation. All are welcome to take part, with a hope to think globally and act locally! We meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at O’Toole’s Libertyville. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. to provide ample time for ordering dinner and, of course, drinks!