Meghan Strange, an M.S. student in the Avian Ecology Laboratory of Professors Scott Sakaluk and Charles Thompson, has been named a 2015 Natural Heritage Resident in the Natural Heritage Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

As a resident, Strange will be mentored by field-based staff to develop skills and knowledge in natural areas identification, protection, stewardship, and defense. Her will duties include participating in prescribed burns, prairie restoration, biological surveys, and invasive species control.

Currently Strange is developing a proposal to register property as a land and water reserve, and in April she will go to Kansas to capture prairie chickens for relocation to Prairie Ridge State Natural Area in Newton, Illinois. Strange has completed and defended her M.S. thesis and will graduate in December 2015.