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Dan Thompson

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Dan Thompson is an ecologist in the District's Natural Resources Department. He has been with the District since 1988.

May 14, 2020

Smoothing the Way for Smooth Green Snakes

Dan Thompson

Meet the smooth green snake (Opheodrys vernalis), a brilliant green, relatively small non-venomous snake that we’d like to see more of in DuPage County.

February 25, 2019

It Takes Heart to Save a Blanding's Turtle

Dan Thompson

This past Valentine’s Day started out unexpectedly for some zookeepers at Wheaton Park District’s Cosley Zoo when they found a small Blanding’s turtle unconscious in one of the...

January 15, 2019

How to Keep Pets Safe from Coyotes

Dan Thompson

It’s always heartbreaking to hear about encounters between pet dogs and coyotes. We want to remind folks of some simple ways to keep their pets safe from the native wildlife that...

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