Chicago outdoors: Hummingbird, monarchs, Patrick McManus on smoked fish, Chain O’Lakes muskies

A beautifully captured hummingbird photo, lots on monarchs, Patrick McManus on smoked fish and muskies released on the Chain O’Lakes are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors.

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An aggressive hummingbird, beautifully photographed. Credit: Bill Savage

An aggressive hummingbird, beautifully photographed.

Bill Savage

Notes come from all around Chicago outdoors, and beyond.


Bill Savage (@RogersParkMan) had the perfect moment and caught the photo above. “He was coming for me as I took the feeder down to clean and refill,” he tweeted. “Pure luck I had my phone out taking pix of monarchs on the zinnias at the same time.” His monarch photos were righteous, too.

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 or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).



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

Sept. 25-26: Joliet, (815) 727-4811

Sept. 30 and Oct. 2: Chicago Heights,

Oct. 2-3: Elburn, . . . Momence, (815) 472-4900


Sunday, Sept. 12: Save the Dunes celebration of monarch butterflies in the region, music and food at Michigan City’s Brewery Lodge & Supper Club; a portion of the proceeds benefits Save the Dunes’ work to protect and advocate for the Indiana dunes. Tickets start at $40. Click here for details.


Today, Sept. 11: Hunting for teal, rail (Sora and Virginia only) and snipe (Wilson’s) opens

Wednesday, Sept. 15: Final day, early Canada geese hunting


Thursday, Sept. 16: Northwest Suburban fundraiser, Cotillion Banquets, Palatine, Lisa Wente, (847) 702-1669


Next Saturday, Sept. 18: Chicago Family Outdoor Day, hosted by South Cook County chapter, William W. Powers State Recreation Area. Must register for morning, 9 a.m.-noon, at, or afternoon, 1-4 p.m.,


Sept. 18-19: Des Plaines SFWA, Wilmington, (815) 423-5326


Tuesday, Sept. 14: Chris Otto leads welcome back, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 14: Capt. Matt Behning, Salmon Unlimited, Thornwood Restaurant & Lounge, Wood Dale, 7:30 p.m.,

Thursday, Sept. 16: Bob Bobich on Bass fishing, via Zoom, at live meeting of Fish Tales Fishing Club, Worth Township offices, Alsip, 7 p.m.,


Monday, Sept. 13: Alex Perez, Active Transportation, Marcus Malesh and Andrew Vesselinovitch, Ross Barney Architects, on plans for new Chicago Riverpark, Bridgehouse Museum on Chicago Riverwalk, free, noon-12:45 p.m.,


“All summer long I collect eggs from my milkweed and raise in outdoor enclosures. I’m at 133 released with about 15 more to go within days. A good year for monarchs in my area!” Tom Jurich

A: The monarch migration is peaking in our area. One of the things I want to do in life is to do what Jurich does and raise monarchs.


3,000+: Muskies, from Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery, released this week into Channel and Marie lakes on the Chain O’Lakes, documented in a video by Micheal Pierce of the Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies, Inc.


“Smoked carp tastes just as good as smoked salmon when you ain’t got no smoked salmon.”

Patrick McManus, p. 25 of “Never Sniff a Gift Fish”

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