Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
John Cuculich has been tracking a successful eagle’s nest in Cook County. ‘‘It is very cool for a city boy like me to see these huge birds in flight,’’ he said.
Wild of the Week, a celebration of wild scenes around Chicago outdoors, runs as warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (email@example.com).
After reading 1491 and 1493 by Charles C. Mann, I’m starting to view the invasive-species issue as simply the continuation of the Columbian Exchange. Practically everything we know is invasive: pigs, horses, cattle, cats, dogs, apples, oranges, coffee, corn, etc. (Not to mention probably 85 percent of the biomass of Lake Michigan.)
— Saul Lipsistic
A: Saul Lipsistic, the moniker of an irascible lakefront iconoclast, makes points I only feebly debate.
Percentage of increase in drumming during the spring 2017 roadside ruffed-grouse surveys in Wisconsin.
‘‘Should we find a viable population of alligator gar or as we see more of this species stocked in neighboring states moving into Indiana, we may look to institute management action to regulate take. Such regulations would ensure the protection of alligator gar while allowing other common species to be harvested.’’
— Brian Schoenung, Indiana’s fisheries chief, on the first alligator gar harvested in recent Hoosier history (June 1, White River, by a bow fisherman)
Tuesday: Eric Trempe, U-Charters Slide Diver, Salmon Unlimited, 7 p.m., Elk Grove Village VFW, salmonunlimitedinc.com.
Wednesday: Capt. Walt Koch, ‘‘Where and How to Fish Delavan Lake,’’ Lake Geneva Fishing Club, 5:30 p.m., Cabela’s, Hoffman Estates, lakegenevafishingclub.com.
COFFEE & CONSERVATION
Thursday: A Wetlands Initiative open house on ‘‘Ecological Restoration in Chicago’s Calumet Region,’’ 4 p.m.-8 p.m., hosted by Bridgeport Coffee.
Through June 30: Applications may be made for second lottery, firearm and muzzleloader-only deer permits. Click here for details
June 24-25: Elburn, (847) 309-1093 firstname.lastname@example.org
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)
July 11, 13, 18, 20: Downers Grove, (630) 963-1300 class 171009-01
July 13-15: Newark, (815) 210-4995
July 15-16: Bolingbrook, email@example.com.
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)