My name is Otto Knauth and I’m a reporter for the Des Moines Register. I have written many articles about conservation causes and projects in Iowa. I was born in Germany in 1916 to American parents and came to Untied states at the age of about a year. I spent my boy hood in the village of Pleasntdale right outside New York and in 1930 my family returned to Europe where I attended high school and eventually finished school in Berlin in 1936. I returned to the United states in 1938 and attended the University of Illinois for a year and then got a job on the the Saint Joseph’s Caset in Saint Joseph Missouri. I returned there after WW2 and in 1948 I got a job on the Des Moines register and my family moved to Des Moines. I have been with the Register ever since. I Started as a copy editor and later I was assistant city editor then switched over to recording. I have been a science editor and report, since 1963. I have always been interested in the outdoors and every since I came to Des Moines I have taken long walks out in the country, along the rivers. I have a canoe, and have canoed almost all the rivers in Iowa. My love for the outdoors just naturally spread over into my work at the register. At the time there was nobody on the paper that was doing this sort of thing. I felt that it needed filling.