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Animal Invaders of Illinois

Schedule and Location


Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$16.00 member
$20.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

The Asian carp frequently makes headlines for the threat it poses to Lake Michigan and our waterways.  What do we know about the impact this invader--and others like it--is having on our native landscape? The relationship between natives and invaders may be more complicated than you think.

Learn about invasive species of fish, turtles, snakes and more from local herpetologist and ecologist Tom Anton. Find out what we do and don’t know about the lasting effects of these new “residents” in our natural communities. This program is part of Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month, a statewide effort held each May to educate and inform citizens of Illinois about the threat of invasive species.

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Tom Anton, ecologist

Tom Anton is a herpetologist specializing in conservation biology, management, and monitoring of amphibians and reptiles. He has over 27 years of experience in cataloging specimens at the Field and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museums.

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