Orioles, Isle Royale wolves, wild flowers, MOTW: Notes around Chicago outdoors

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Notes from around Chicago outdoors.

FIELD NOTES

MOREL OF THE WEEK

Laurie Starrett said they found this morel, one of more than five pounds, on Tuesday in Hanover.

Morel of the Week, the celebration of morel mushrooms and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs as warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

DALE’S MAILBAG

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“My husband [Matt McConnell] spotted this beautiful Baltimore Oriole at our feeder a few days ago. I’ve never seen one in 60 yrs of living in the Chicago area.’’ Patricia McConnell, Lake Zurich 

A: It’s been a time of wonder for birders and outdoors watchers in the past week or two with our very compressed spring.

BIG NUMBER

2: Wolves found on Isle Royale National Park between January 2017 and January 2018, as wolves there are “almost certainly headed for extinction.’’ The National Park Service just announced it decided to restore a viable wolf population there. Click here for a fuller report on wolves and moose on Isle Royale.

LAST WORD

“Bloodroot, trilliums, wood violets, marsh marigold, trout lilies, bellwort’s, spring beauties are blooming and leaks and fern fronds are popping.’’

Wisconsin DNR Outdoor Report, on Thursday.

WILD TIMES

ILLINOIS SEASONS/PERMITS

Through June 15: Perch fishing closure on Lake Michigan

June 30: Final day to apply, second lottery, firearm and muzzleloader deer seasons. Click here for more details.

U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

(Click here for full listings of classes in the area)

Saturday: About Boating Safely, Waukegan, Curt Schumacher, publiceducation41.5@gmail.com

HUNTER SAFETY

(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)

June 9-10: Hainesville, hsclass111@gmail.com

June 14 and 16: Newark, (815) 210-4995

WINGSHOOTING CLINIC

(Click here for the statewide list)

June 2-3: Des Plaines SFWA, Wilmington, (217) 524-5466 DUCKS UNLIMITED

(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)

Wednesday: Palos Park dinner, Palos Country Club, Orland Park. Contact Jim Mayer, (312) 563-5402

NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION

(Click here for general list of banquets and events)

PHEASANTS FOREVER

(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)


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