Chicago outdoors: Yellow lady slippers, new boat owners, holiday boating advice, monarch eggs

A photograph of yellow lady’s slippers, a surprising number of new boat owners, sound holiday boating advice, and a find of monarch butterfly eggs are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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Yellow lady’s slippers at Matthiessen State Park. Credit: Robert Kuta

Yellow lady’s slippers at Matthiessen State Park.

Robert Kuta

Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.


Robert Kuta emailed, “I’m not a hunter or angler but LOVE the outdoors and hiking. My son and I was at Matthiessen Park last Tuesday and caught these lovely lady’s slippers in full bloom.” It’s been a very odd spring for wild flowers, well, wild plants in general.

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).


“I didn’t see the mama, but found 10 monarch eggs on milkweed in my yard in Munster!” Tom Jurich, on Tuesday [photo below].

A: That beats me or my wife seeing any on our milkweed yet. I’m also very pleased with how milkweed has entered the general consciousness.


415,000: New boaters taking to the waterways since 2020, according to the Water Sports Foundation.


“ `The ‘Wear It!’ message is a simple and easy message to understand. Wearing a life jacket isn’t just a reminder for everyone on a motorboat; it’s also important for everyone who enjoys paddle sports, such as kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards.”

Illinois Conservation Police Lt. Curt Lewis, the state’s boating law administrator, before the Memorial Day weekend



Saturday, June 4: Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, (815) 423-5326

June 25-26: St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club, Elburn, or (847)309-1093


Next Saturday, June 4: Lake Forest Area Fishing Derby, Kenosha Harbor


Saturday, June 4: Weekend Navigator, Waukegan, Curt Schumacher,


Wednesday, June 1: Woodchuck season opens

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