Joseph A. Kath has served as the Endangered and Threatened Species Manager with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for 21 years, developing and implementing endangered and threatened species management and recovery plans throughout Illinois. Prior to this, he worked for various environmental consulting firms throughout Illinois as a project manager/terrestrial ecologist. In addition to facilitating the management and recovery of Illinois’s greater than 450 threatened and endangered species, Joe coordinates much of IDNR’s bat related field studies. Joe has been a member of the steering committees for the Midwest Bat Working Group, the North American Bat Conservation Partnership, and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Monitoring Trends in U.S. Bat Populations initiative. He has served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Biology/Zoology at both Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) and Ball State University. Joe has also been appointed by the Governor of the State of Illinois to Illinois’ Structural Pest Control Advisory Council as the primary representative for nuisance bat related issues throughout the State.
Joseph A. Kath