An avid kayaker, bicyclist, and cross-country skier, Katie is an outdoor educator and recreationist by training and avocation. She birds, botanizes and geologizes everywhere she goes. No dragonfly goes unnamed – no beetle escapes inspection. Ohio-born and bred, prairies and wetlands became her ecological passion. She remains a life-long learner and educator, and can often be found outside on a starry night identifying everything from eye shine to constellations.