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Palo Alto County Conservation Board Hires New Naturalist

January 30, 2018
by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

On Jan. 22, Kailtin Anderson began her work as Naturalist with the Palo Alto County Conservation Board.

"We are very excited to have Kaitlin join the County Conservation Board. Kailtin's past work experience was focused on conservation and ecology, which is a perfect fit for the Naturalist position," Palo Alto County Conservation Board Director Mary Barrick stated. " She has also done research on prairie restoration and the aquatic ecosystem. Kaitlin is very eager to teach in a classroom setting. With her pleasant personality and friendly teaching style, she will be an ideal role model for students. Scheduling classroom programs is on the top of her list, along with preparing for summer events at the Nature Center."

Anderson grew up on a farm near Goodell in Hancock County.

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KAITLIN ANDERSON

"I have two older sisters and we spent basically spent most of our time outside," Anderson said. "I think I just enjoyed it a little bit more, which lead me to want to do more with the environment."

She received her bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Iowa and spent a great deal of time in the turtle lab. Currently, she is working on her master's degree in Biology with an emphasis on turtles.

Missing the small town sense of community is what led her to want to come to northwest Iowa. Anderson is currently living in Spencer with her dog Maddie, a morkie (Maltese Yorkie mix).

"Thank you for being so welcoming," Anderson said. "I've really enjoyed my first week here. I'm really excited to get start meeting the teachers and families around the area. I'm hoping to bring a little liveliness and get people excited to come into the Nature Center."

 
 
 

 

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