Pam Otto, Shaw Local

Pam Otto

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  • Shaw Local
Past:
  • KaneCounty Chronicle

Recent articles by Pam:

Good Natured in St. Charles: Randy Ratsnake quite the snake charmer

Are there any animals more misunderstood than snakes? Let's do some myth-busting. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Young praying mantis is a pampered guest

True to its name, the insect held its two front legs up and clasped together as if in prayer. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Volunteers help keep kestrels flying strong

A corps of volunteers works to counter the declining numbers of these colorful falcons who are tiny dynamos. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Spotting a spotless ladybug rare native find

Determining the status of our native lady beetle species is one of the first steps toward starting to help them. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Long-horned beetle encounter gets personal

Warm summer nights give rise to all sorts of insect activity, and all are irresistible to this nature girl. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Glowworm shines like ‘a circle of diamonds’

This insect’s genus name, Phengodes, can be traced to the Greek word for light – and with good reason. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Every day is Father’s Day for giant water bugs

As a male giant water bug, it’s his lot in life to ensure that pretty much every day is Father’s Day. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Tense family saga turns out to be just ducky

Sometimes a nature column practically writes itself. This, happily, is one of those weeks → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Masked common yellowthroat oh so elusive

If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of a male and, if you’re super-lucky, a female. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Rare Virginia rail an unexpected visitor

Sitting there on the concrete step was one Virginia rail that was hard to miss. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Turtles show some fancy courtship moves

Courtship is a big deal in the animal world, and turtles are no different. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Voles scramble to dodge being snack food

In winters when snow cover is deep, filling up on furry snacks takes a little more effort for the predators. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Jumping spiders exhibit teddy bear charm

These tiny eight-legged critters are some of the cutest arachnids around. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Heated birdbath an oasis for wild neighbors

How do you host a wild bird bash in the middle of winter? Just add water to a heated birdbath. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Hanging a bird feeder is like throwing a party

All you have to do is get some seeds or suet – and woo-hoo! Let the party begin. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Telltale giveaways you might be a naturalist

We present, as our gift to you, our very own “You Might Be a Naturalist … The Holiday Version." → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Oil beetles both dangerous and fascinating

These beetles pack a powerful chemical defense, but also feature a life cycle with astounding intricacies. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Arrival of fall color turns unpredictable

It used to be that Oct. 15 was the reliable date for peak fall color here in northern Illinois. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Rains nurture several edible fungi varieties

The mushroom’s thick, soft flesh and mild flavor are reminiscent of the white meat of chicken. → Read More

Good Natured in St. Charles: Eastern parson spiders seek indoor homes

Clerical collar-like markings give eastern parson spiders their name. → Read More