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White fox, turkeys, warbler hybrid, mowing roadsides: Notes on Chicago outdoors

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A white fox on the Southwest Side.
Provided by James Sweeney

Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
FIELD NOTES
WILD OF THE WEEK
James Sweeney
said this white fox has been spotted several times on the Southwest Side. WOTW, the celebration of wild scenes and stories 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
“One interesting thing I noted driving . . . was in some areas of North Dakota when they cut the roadside ditches along the interstate. They bale them up into the big round bales and they are used by local farmers. Perhaps Illinois could do something useful like that, let the roadsides grow until after nesting season and actually harvest a crop instead of letting it just lay there. I know too many patronage jobs on the line for something useful and productive like that to happen.” Mike Lyons
A:
Another bright idea about mowing roadsides. Unfortunately, his last sentence is spot on.
BIG NUMBER
320: Wild turkeys harvested during Illinois fall gun season.
LAST WORD

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View of a rare triple-hybrid warbler (Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, and Chestnut-sided Warbler).
Provided by Lowell Burket

“The female is a Golden-winged/Blue-winged Warbler hybrid—also called a Brewster’s Warbler. She then mated with a Chestnut-sided Warbler and successfully reproduced.”
David Toews, Cornell Lab of Ornithology postdoctoral associate, and lead author on a finding published in “Biology Letters,” of the first recorded three-species hybrid from a hybrid warbler mother and a warbler father, found by Lowell Burket in Roaring Spring, Pa.
WILD TIMES
FISH GATHERINGS
Tuesday: Tim Panek
, “Bait Building Basics,” Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Scott Grunder, U.S. fish and wildlife Service, on sea lamprey control, Salmon Unlimited, Elk Grove Village VFW,, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Sean Bermingham, Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m.
Thursday: Jim “Crappie Professor” Kopjo, Fish Tales Fishing Club, Oak Forest Community Center, 7 p.m.
ILLINOIS PERMITS/SEASONS
Ongoing: Over-the-counter sales of remaining deer hunting permits
Today, Nov. 12: Second Canada goose season, central zone, opens
Wednesday, Nov. 14: First dove season ends
Friday, Nov. 16: Rail season ends
Friday-Sunday: First firearm deer season
Through Dec. 1: Applications for first lottery, spring turkey hunting
HUNTER SAFETY
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)
DUCKS UNLIMITED
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
PHEASANTS FOREVER
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
(Click here for full listings of classes in the area)