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Chicago outdoors: Yellow-crowned night heron, eagle tale of meaing, immediate-release, Wisconsin opener

A yellow-crowned night heron at Lincoln Park Zoo, a tale of bald eagle sightings rife with meaning, a rise in immediate-release fishing tournaments in Wisconsin and the meaning of opening day in Wisconsin are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

A yellow-crowned night heron at Lincoln Park Zoo. Credit: Dr. Elizabeth Pector
A yellow-crowned night heron at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Dr. Elizabeth Pector

Notes come from all around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

WILD OF THE WEEK

Dr. Elizabeth Pector photographed this “yellow-crowned night heron hanging out with a large nesting colony of black-crowned night herons at Lincoln Park Zoo.”

WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs most weeks in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make submissions, email (BowmanOutside@gmail.com) or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).

WILD TIMES

SHOWTIME

Next Saturday, May 8: Fish & Hook Sports Show, VFW Post 5788, Lockport, fishandhook.net/

ILLINOIS PERMITS/SEASONS

Turkey hunting: Through Wednesday, fourth season, north zone; Thursday to May 13, fifth (final) season, north; through Thursday, fifth season, south.

Tuesday, May 4: Applications begin for fall shotgun turkey permit lottery

A bald eagle with a nest. Credit: Sondra Katzen
A bald eagle with a nest.
Sondra Katzen

DALE’S MAILBAG

“I had quite a morning—saw five bald eagles! I was then driving back home on I-88 and one flew over my car (possibly could’ve been the mate of the one at the nest). Driving further east on I-88, I looked to my right and one was sitting in a tree not far from the highway. I exited . . . and saw another one flying above the tree before it landed. Then, I was near Bolingbrook and looked to my left and one was in a tree just off the road along a bike/walking path. So, I parked and started walking toward it. . . . A guy was riding his bike past me and asked if that was an eagle. I said it was and he kept riding. As I was walking back to my car, the same biker was coming towards me and said he had to get a picture too. Funny how if you don’t look up or around, how much you can miss.” Sondra Katzen

A: That’s a Sunday morning.

A bald eagle sitting starkly in a tree. Credit: Sondra Katzen
A bald eagle sitting starkly in a tree.
Sondra Katzen

BIG NUMBER

More than 30: Average number of immediate-release fishing tournaments in Wisconsin from 2015-20; up from an average of six per year between 2010-15.

LAST WORD

“It’s like Christmas for most outdoor enthusiasts, the opening day of inland fishing season.”

Guide Dave Duwe, on Wisconsin’s opener the first Saturday in May