Mother Nature's ally: Hammock Bay naturalist proves that development doesn't have to be destructive

joe wyatt

Hammock Bay Naturalist Joe Wyatt regularly hosts nature walks and discussion to better inform the public about the nature surrounding them.

Walton Outdoors | Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 03:57 PM.

Joe Wyatt has a long list of responsibilities as naturalist at Hammock Bay in Freeport , but he's able to narrow it down in his Twitter bio.

"I manage the birds and bees, the flowers and the trees," it says.

The Illinois native has built a career in the outdoors working in forest services and providing environmental consulting throughout the United States .

"I love nature," he said. "Sometimes, it's not so fond of me. Like the time when I was chased by wolves in Alaska ."

For the past seven years, Wyatt has been working at Hammock Bay , doing everything from hosting nature walks, to tagging Monarch butterflies and even clearing undeveloped land.

"I don't have a day-to-day job, it changes every single day," he said. "That's what I love."

Wyatt's last residence was Colorado , where he worked as an environmental consultant. He grew up in Rochelle , Ill. , right outside of Chicago . Heading south was a good choice, he said, especially for a nature lover such as himself.

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