Chicago outdoors: Braidwood opener mouse, River Trail NC/Narnia, harvest verb, INHS fish collection
A wild mouse lollygagging at Braidwood Lake opener, director waxing poetic on River Trail Nature Center, pros and cons of harvest as a verb, and the majesty of Illinois Natural History Survey’s fish collection are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
WILD OF THE WEEK
For a change one of my own submissions. This mouse lollygagged past me on opening day March 1 at Braidwood Lake. At first, I thought a deer mouse, but wildlife biologist Bob Massey suggested more likely a white-footed mouse and the longer tail suggests he is right.
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).
Friday, March 25: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, South Suburban chapter fundraiser, Tuscan Gardens Pub & Banquet, Glenwood; contact Cindy Gustafson (708) 768-4315
April 23-24: Braidwood, email@example.com
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
Next Saturday, March 26: SSS—Your Boat’s Radio, Waukegan, Curt Schumacher, firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for the complete list of shows, classes and swap meets for the coming months.
Today, March 19: Walleyes Unlimited swap meet, Fox Lake Legion Hall
Today, March 19: Early catch-and-release trout season opens Saturday, March 19, at nine sites statewide. Nearby ones: Rock Creek, Kankakee River State Park; Pine Creek, White Pines Forest SP; Apple River, Apple River Canyon SP. The regular season opens April 2. Click here to read statewide information.
March 26-27: First youth spring turkey season
“I love your reporting but take exception when you say things like `290 bobcats harvested” in 2021-22. The bobcats weren’t `harvested,’ `they were `killed,’ some might even say `murdered.’ “ Chuck Mackie, Logan Square
A. Harvested is precisely right word for a species being managed, specifically those managed by harvest totals. If a wolf crosses Illinois and is killed, I will say shot, struck by a train or a vehicle. I breakdown the harvest of bobcats: hunting, trapping and scavenging.
896,000: Catalogued specimens and over 113,000 lots in the Illinois Natural History Survey’s fish collection, about the 15th largest collection of preserved fishes.
“On a snowy day, driving into River Trail is like driving into Narnia.”
Naturalist Michele Mottlowitz, the director of River Trail Nature Center, waxing poetic