Hello! I'm Cyrene Krey, a photographer and wildlife nerd. I live in northern Illinois with my husband and our ten furry and scaly babies: two big dogs, five crazy cats, one little lizard, and two stubborn ball pythons.
Wandering around the woods behind my house growing up snapping photos of everything that moved (and some things that didn't) was where I first became passionate about photography. After several years of professional portrait photography, I made the decision to return to my true passion: wildlife.
Nature and wildlife dominates my life! In addition to my photographic pursuits, I am also working towards a career in wildlife biology/conservation. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management from American Public University, and a Master of Biology from the University of Saint Joseph.
In my free time (when I have any ;D), I volunteer at "Hoo" Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and for the Forest Preserve District of Winnebago County as a trail steward and frog call monitor. I also occasionally work as an independent environmental photojournalist. With or without a camera, I enjoy hiking, camping, scuba diving, and anything that gets me outside!
9 Days on Snake Road by Cyrene Krey
OVERVIEW A description of my exploration of the famous Snake Road in the Shawnee National Forest of Southern Illinois. I camped for nine days in the forest, spending time each day hiking the road and nearby areas. An article of my trip is available in print in the March/April 2018 issue of Reptiles Magazine as well as online.
From Patoka to Cannonball: A journey up the Dakota Access Pipeline by Winifred Bird and Cyrene Krey
OVERVIEW A brief photo essay exploring some of the natural areas and wildlife along the route of the contested Dakota Access Pipeline.
ABSTRACT Mammal migration between seasonal ranges can consist of relatively short distance migrations of a single individual as well as massive migrations involving thousands of individuals in a population. Understanding the varying migratory habits among species requires detailed information of specific routes and stopover sites. Studying and preserving this behavior is vital but challenging, as both natural and anthropogenic threats exist to migrants. Disjointed management prevents comprehensive solutions from being implemented to protect migratory species in North America. Additional research that takes into consideration all factors of migration and accounts for the uniqueness of animal movement patterns is essential for developing and executing conservation strategies that can prevent further extinction or endangerment of migratory behaviors.
Economic Impacts of the Conservation of the Mojave Shoulderband Snail (Helminthoglypta 'Coyote' Greggi) by Cyrene Krey
ABSTRACT The terrestrial Mojave Shoulderband Snail (Helminthoglypta (Coyote) greggi) is being considered for status and protection as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act due to the recent construction of a mining operation in an area that occupies a significant portion of its habitat range. There are many points that require consideration when evaluating the sustainability and economics of the mining project compared with the survivability of this species. Of particular importance to this discussion are the economic implications of the mining project, the functioning of the Mojave Shoulderband Snail in the environment, and the purpose and structure of the Endangered Species Act.