Chicago outdoors: Emerging cicada, big cemetery buck, wild rice in Minnesota, Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Beautiful shots of emerging dog-day cicadas, a big cemetery buck, wild rice season opens in Minnesota and a legal rebuff of the Trump administration gutting the Migratory Bird Treat Act are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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An emerging dog-day cicada. Credit: Amy March

An emerging dog-day cicada.

Amy March

Notes come from all around Chicago outdoors.


“I found a couple of cicadas shedding their exoskeleton. The finished-product-next-to-the-shell photo is courtesy of my daughter Amy March.” Mary March

A: First off, I love Amy March’s photo. The singing of dog-day (annual) cicadas has been noticeable the last few weeks, but I have yet see to any cicada killer wasps emerge from our neighbor’s gravel drive this summer.


Tom Lally messaged, “I think you’ll appreciate this beast my daughter and I saw at [Maryhill Cemetery in Niles].” Lally thought correctly about the buck pictured below.

BOTW Unplugged, the celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, runs as apt in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. Submit nominations by message on Facebook (Dale Bowman), on Twitter (@BowmanOutside) and Instagram (@BowmanOutside) or email (

A big buck in Niles. Provided photo

A big buck in Niles.




Aug. 27 and 29: Mundelein, (847) 918-6145

Sept. 19-20: Kankakee, (815) 935-2700


Today, Aug. 16 to Aug. 31: Application period online for first lottery for public duck/goose permits,

Through today, Aug. 16: First-come, first-served free dove permit applications, go to

Friday, Aug.. 21: Final day, applications for third lottery, firearm/muzzleloader deer,

Through Aug. 31: Free upland game permits, application period, go to


More than 2,000: Lakes and rivers in Minnesota that contain wild rice. Harvesting season started Saturday (non-residents must purchase a one-day license). Click here for more information.


“Like the clear crisp notes of the wood thrush, today’s court decision cuts through all the noise and confusion to unequivocally uphold the most effective bird conservation law on the books—the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.”

Sarah Greenberger, Interim chief conservation officer for the National Audubon Society, Tuesday, on United States District Court Judge Valerie Caproni’s legal opinion that the Trump administration’s rollback of the MBTA is “contrary to the plain meaning of the MBTA.”

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