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Chicago outdoors: Skinny-dipping, Lake Michigan catfish, hiking the AT and hummingbird moth

The ranking of the United States in skinny-dipping, a question on Lake Michigan catfish, a thought on hiking the Appalachian Trail and a hummingbird moth photo are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors.

A hummingbird clearwing moth spotted in late July in the western suburbs. Credit: Dr. Elizabeth Pector
A hummingbird clearwing moth spotted in late July in the western suburbs.
Dr. Elizabeth Pector

Notes come from all around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

WILD OF THE WEEK

Dr. Elizabeth Pector found this hummingbird clearwing moth (hemaris thysbe) in a bergamot/bee balm patch next to a Walmart parking lot, near Springbrook Prairie. ”I’m not sure that hummingbird mothing is a thing, but we could classify it with the other lovely insects we run across in mid to late summer,” she emailed.

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

HUNTER SAFETY

Aug. 18-19: Kankakee, (815) 935-2700

Aug. 19 and 21: Mundelein, (847) 918-6145

Aug. 20-21: Ingleside, shawnfrey33@gmail.com

Aug. 28-29: Palatine, palatineparks.org

FISH GATHERING

Thursday, Aug. 12: Guide Phil Piscitello leads return of in-person Riverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 p.m., $7 for non-members, RiversideFishingClub.com

LUNCHTIME LECTURES

Monday, Aug. 9: Joshi Radin on nature, cosmology and expanded landscape, Bridgehouse Museum on Chicago Riverwalk, free, noon-12:45 p.m., bridgehousemuseum.org/events

CONSERVATION WORLD

Friday, Aug. 13, to Aug. 22: Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., www2.illinois.gov/dnr/ConservationWorld/

U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

Tuesday, Aug. 10: Suddenly in Command, Villa Park, Glenn Nystrom, gnystrom33@gmail.com

SHOWTIME

Saturday, Aug. 14: TEACH Outdoors Craft Fair and Swap Meet Fundraiser, free, 1539 W Route 6, Morris, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., BrittneyErickson@TeachOutdoors.org

WINGSHOOTING CLINICS

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 14-15: Shabbona, rakcarlson@comcast.net, (815)757-2949

Aug. 21-22: Waterman, hunterwsclinic@gmail.com

DALE’S MAILBAG

“Are there really catfish in Lake Michigan?” Newgen Hill

A: “Yes. The biggest channel catfish I ever caught was on Lake Michigan while bass fishing a discharge in Indiana.

BIG NUMBER

2nd: Ranking of the United States, behind only France, in the world’s best countries for skinny dipping; the U.S. ranked tops in nudist campsites, according to Outforia.

LAST WORD

“There really is no correct way to hike the [Appalachian Trail], and anyone who insists that there is ought not to worry so much about other people’s experiences. Hikers need to hike the trail that’s right for them...”

Adrienne Hall, in her “A Journey North: One Woman’s Story of Hiking the Appalachian Trail,” via goodreads.com