Chicago outdoors: Frog sounds question, inquisitive mink, early hummingbird, big Shabbona walleye
A question on frog sounds and sightings, an inquisitive mink, an early sighting of a ruby-throated hummingbird and some big walleye surveyed at Shabbona Lake are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
25: Inches of the biggest walleye (photo at the top) found by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Tuesday during a muskie survey at Shabbona Lake.
WILD OF THE WEEK
John Heneghan photographed an inquisitive mink by a storm grate (below) on April 8. I’ve seen mink in some odd places, but that is a first for me.
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).
April 23-24: Braidwood, email@example.com
April 30-May 1: Ingleside, firstname.lastname@example.org
SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL
Next Saturday, April 23: Illinois & Chicago chapter’s 50th annual fundraiser and banquet, Medinah Banquets, Addison, Contact Marla Rimkus email@example.com or 224-636-3750.
May 14 or 15: Introductory wingshooting clinic, Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, (815)423-5326. Click here for registration.
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
Next Saturday, April 23: Boat America: Hammond, Ind., Bob Hennessy, firstname.lastname@example.org . . . Highland Park, Bob Bruitvan, email@example.com . . . Waukegan, Curt Schumacher, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, April 19: Andrew Ragas, “Smallmouth Bass in Spring,” Arlington Anglers, Poplar Creek Banquets, Hoffman Estates, 6:30 p.m., arlingtonanglers.com
Thursday, April 21: Phil Piscitello Fish Tales Fishing Club, Worth Township offices, Alsip, 7 p.m., fishtalesfishingclub.com
Through Wednesday, April 20: Third spring turkey season, south zone
Through Thursday, April 21: Second spring turkey season, north zone
Thursday, April 21, to April 27: Fourth spring turkey season, south zone
Friday, April 22, to April 27: Third spring turkey season, north zone
“I’m walking in a wetland with lots of frog noise, I’m assuming, but I can never see any frogs. Where are they?” Mitch Brown
A: On Tuesday, Allison Sacerdote-Velat, curator of herpetology at Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature, emailed, “Yes, it is likely chorus frogs during daytime hours, although a few of my sites had large spring peepers choruses this morning. You can share with the pastor that the species calling during the day are going to some effort to stay concealed in sedges and reeds since they have a lot of wading bird predators that are active during they day. Since they can lose moisture through their skin, they also tend to hunker down a bit more in the water while calling to reduce the desiccation risk.
“First hummingbird (ruby-throated) of the year on our feeder and rhododendrons that bloomed yesterday.”
Christian Howe on Tuesday