Notes from around Chicago outdoors.

FIELD NOTES

WILD OF THE WEEK

It’s goldfinch time, especially around sunflowers. Ron Wozny sent stellar photos, including this one, from the North Side.

Wild of the Week, the celebration of wild scenes and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs as warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

DALE’S MAILBAG

“You mentioned seeing a lot of rabbits this year in a recent column? My turkey hunting partner in Wisconsin is seeing so many of them that he thinks they may distract predators to the point that they-the predators-may be leaving the turkey poults alone, giving them a much better chance of surviving the summer.’’ Pete Lamar

A: Apparently others see the rabbits I see or I induced mass Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.

BIG NUMBER

2: Pounds of the Illinois record yellow bass, caught by Jimmy Kostoff, Jr. on May 5, 1994 from a Madison County farm pond

LAST WORD

“We now know, thanks to science, that the mere sight and sound of water promotes wellness by lowering cortisol, increasing serotonin and inducing relaxation. It only makes sense that being on a boat is one of the best ways to access the wellness benefits of the water.’’

Wallace J. Nichols, marine biologist and author of “Blue Mind,’’ via DiscoverBoating.com

WILD TIMES

CONSERVATION WORLD

Friday-Aug. 19: Conservation World, Illinois State Fair, Springfield, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

FISH GATHERING

Wednesday: Jason Randall, “What Fish See,’’ Lake Geneva Fishing Club, Cabela’s, Hoffman Estates, 6 p.m.

ILLINOIS PERMITS

Tuesday: Resident combination and antlerless-only archery deer permits available over-the-counter

Through Aug. 17: Applications accepted, third lottery, firearm and muzzleloader deer permits. Click here for information.

Through Aug. 20: Application accepted, second lottery, fall turkey shotgun. Click here for information.

Through Aug. 31: Applications for free upland game permits open. Click here for information.

HUNTER SAFETY
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)

Aug. 10-11: Wilmington, philliparnold3@gmail.com

Aug. 14-15: Chicago, carryinillinois.com/hunter-safety-course.html

Aug. 11-12: Custer Park, smittythepainter@yahoo.com . . . Essex, (815) 458-3568

Aug. 17-18: Morris, philliparnold3@gmail.com

WINGSHOOTING CLINIC
(Click here for the statewide list)

Aug. 18-19: Youth/Women’s clinics, Shabbona Lake State Park, (217) 524-5466

U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

(Click here for full listings of classes in the area)

DUCKS UNLIMITED
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)

NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)

PHEASANTS FOREVER
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)