Bee covered in pollen on a flower, August 2015.Credit Ken Gortowski

Wild of the Week: Chicago outdoors, Sunday notes

Led by Wild of the Week, Sunday notes from the Sun-Times outdoors page.


Ken Gortowski caught this pollen-packed bee, part of a swarm on a sunflowers. He said he suspected they were storing up for the coming winter. What I know is that is a nice image for this time of the year.

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Sept. 26-27: Hoffman Estates,


Friday: Chain O’Lakes Sports Memorabilia Dinner for Conservation, Marvella’s Fox Lake Banquet Hall. Contact Bill Beckmeyer, (630) 697-6533; Mike Mackey, (847) 274-9129; or Laurie Michalak, (847) 721-7138. Click here for more.


Tuesday: Ben Modica on Fox Chain, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters, Muskies Inc., Giuseppe’s La Cantina, Des Plaines, 7:30 p.m., (847) 256-9322 or

Wednesday: Ben Garvens on “Artificial Intelligence–Geneva Smallmouth & Largemouth Bass Strategies,’’ Lake Geneva Fishing Club, 6:30 PM, Cabela’s, Hoffman Estates,

Wednesday: Indiana guide Bill Bennett, Fox River Valley, Muskies Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m.,

Thursday: Collector/historian Dan Basore, Riverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 p.m.,



Tweet: “BLACK GAR! Rare 44″ melanistic Longnose #Gar caught & released by Z.Huvila in IL!’’ Solomon David, of the Shedd Aquarium

A: Another reason why I like Bill Meyer and the Gar Anglers’ Sporting Society (GASS), which has details on Facebook or at


169-12: Pounds-ounces of an alligator gar, potential line-class record (130) from the International Game Fish Association, caught and released by Jason Schall from Big Lake in Texas


“Gobs of yearling yellow perch in Montrose today.’’

Saul Lipsistic, lakefront regular, on sightings of big schools of baby perch reported by many in all four Lake Michigan states. Will they make it to 2016?

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