Outdoor Chicago: Emily Dickinson and the Snakes, Chicago River Night Heron, Stinkhorn, Kentucky Elk

The notes come from outside Chicago and beyond.

WILD OF THE WEEK

Dean Pearson photographed this black-crowned night heron on a dock last Saturday on the Chicago River. The growth of these birds on the Chicago River has been one of the region’s best nature stories.

WOTW, the celebration of stories and photos wild around Chicago in the outdoors, takes place most weeks in the special two-page outdoor section of Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make quotes, send an email [email protected] or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).

DALE COURIER BAG

“Have you ever seen anything like this? Some kind of weird orange mushroom? Andy Knapp

A: Before I could answer, he discovered that it was a stink, one of the most distinctive and phallic of our common mushrooms. They play a vital role in the decomposition of organic matter.

LARGE NUMBER

Over 10,000: Elk in Kentucky (“highest elk population of any state east of the Mississippi River”), since a restoration between 1997 and 2002, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

LAST WORD

But never met this comrade assisted or alone without a tighter breath and zero to the bone.

Emily Dickinsonending with his poem about the snake, opening with “A Narrow Companion in the Grass”

WILD TIME

WORLD OF CONSERVATION

Until August 21: Located in the northwest corner of Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the Illinois State Fair. Click here for more details.

HUNTER SAFETY

Next Saturday, August 20,-August. 21: Momence, (815) 472-4900

September 17-18: Joliet, (815) 727-4811

September 17-18: Momence, (815) 472-4900

WING SHOOTING CLINICS

Next Saturday, August 20,-August. 21: Aurora Sports Club, Waterman, [email protected]

ARCHERY DRAWING

Monday August 15: Deadline drawing for archery stag permits at William Powers SRA. Go to https://huntillinois.org/sites/william-w-powers-sra/

FISH COLLECTIONS

Wednesday, August 17: Biologist Dan Makauskas on Lake Michigan, South Side Muskie Hawks, Vince’s Restaurant and Pizzeria, Chicago, southsidemuskiehawks.org

Thursday, August 18: Ken “Husker” O’Malley“Cooling Local Lakes, Rivers and Ponds,” Fish Tales Fishing Club, Worth Township Offices, Alsip, 7 p.m., fishtalesfishingclub.com

ILLINOIS LICENSE

Tuesday August 16-August. 31: Applications, public goose and duck permits, first lottery

Friday August 19: Last Day, Third Lottery, Firearms and Muzzle Loading Deer Permit Applications

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