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Rare bumble bee, more rabbits, Fox miles, black carp: Notes on Chicago outdoors

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Rusty patched bumble bee, found in a DeKalb County prairie.
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Notes from around Chicago outdoors.

FIELD NOTES

WILD OF THE WEEK

John Heneghan texted that he saw a rusty patched bumble bee in a DeKalb County prairie on Tuesday. It was confirmed by a biologist. He notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which listed the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in January 2017.

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

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Fox with a rabbit.
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“In reference to your comment about bumper crop of rabbits. They were raiding my garden until this guy showed up!’’ Mark Smith; Highland, Indiana 

A: Apparently many others thought, as I do, that we have more rabbits than usual.

BIG NUMBER

193: Miles that Chuck Roberts and Charlie Zine traveled paddling the length of the Fox River, as determined by Roberts by plotting on Google Earth. Click here for the wrap-up stJohn Heneghanory on their paddle.

LAST WORD

“We actually caught 14 black carp through the week. We take all those fish and analyze them for a lot of different things. We can tell if those fish are diploid or triploid (fish that cannot spawn).’’

Matt O’Hara, Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Asian carp project leader, in The Southern, on a multi-group task force surveying invasive black carp in Alexander County’s Horseshoe Lake. Click here to link to The Southern article.

WILD TIMES

ILLINOIS SEASONS/PERMITS

Wednesday: Applications for free upland game permits open. Click here for information.

Wednesday: Squirrel hunting opens

BIOBLITZ

Friday-Saturday: 2018 Dixon Waterfowl Refuge BioBlitz, wetlands-initiative.org. A public Biodiversity Festival is 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday. Click here for more 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)