Wild of the Week: Special midweek edition with a mudpuppy and a snowy owl spotted in unusual places
A mudpuppy and snowy owl spotted in unusual places earn and share a special midweek edition of Wild of the Week.
Wild of the Week is usually a Saturday feature, but we do a special WOTW in midweek for a change.
There were a couple sightings in unusual spots last week.
Jim Hall’s son Tommy caught a mudpuppy while ice fishing in the south suburbs. different than the usual Navy Pier or Wolf Lake. Mudpuppies are threatened in Illinois. The Illinois Natural History Survey notes that they are seldom seen other than by anglers.
Snowy owls have been spotted along the lakefront since fall. Now add Midway Airport, where Olivia Abohamda took the photo left when this one was spotted last week. She emailed that she has plenty more snowy owl photos.
Snowy owls are fairly common winter visitors to the Chicago area and this seems to have been a good year for them.
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).