Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
On my morning ramble Wednesday with Lady, the family mutt, I found a dead cicada killer wasp by a corner tavern. A few hours later, our youngest found this dead — but beautiful — cicada.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q: I have these growing in the mulch next to my pool here in Schiller Park. Are these edible? — Dave Stachura
A: With the rainy weather the last few weeks, lots of similar things are growing. ‘‘These are the American parasol mushroom,’’ Chicago Botanic Garden chief scientist Greg Mueller said. ‘‘It is a not-uncommon mushroom found in yards and mulch in the heat of summer after rains. This is one of nature’s recyclers, breaking down dead organic material [the mulch]. It looks too similar to some toxic species for me to recommend it for the table.’’
Money in billions generated annually in Illinois by the outdoor recreation economy, according to the Outdoor Recreation Economy Report.
‘‘If all the theories were correct, there wouldn’t be a fish left in all of our lakes and rivers and streams.’’
Izaak Walton, via azquotes.com
Through Sunday, July 30: Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo, Peoria Civic Center, deerinfo.com/illinoishome.asp.
Tuesday, Aug. 1: Squirrel hunting opens . . . Applications for free upland-game permits begin, tinyurl.com/ILsquirrel.
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)
Aug. 3 and 5: Harvard, email@example.com.
Aug. 12-13: Essex, (815) 458-3568
Aug. 19-20: Shabbona Lake State Park, (815) 758-2773
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
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(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
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