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