Turtles, cardinals, walleye, American white pelicans: Notes, Chicago outdoors

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Pelicans on Lake Dale.
| Provided by Bill Peak

Notes from around Chicago outdoors. Switched up the usual layout to put Dale’s Mailbag at the top with the pelicans.

FIELD NOTES

DALE’S MAILBAG

“Thought that I’d let you know that about 150 white pelicans landed at Lake Dalecarlia, better known as Lake Dale, just south of Cedar Lake [Ind.]. This is the first time that any of the residents can remember them to be on the lake.’’ Bill Peak

A: The shift east of American white pelicans has been striking in the last decade. And Peak comes through with another one of his wonderful set of photographs.

WILD OF THE WEEK

Provided by Ron Wozny

Provided by Ron Wozny

Ron Wozny, like many, had a crush of bird activity when the weather broke, including a cardinal pair feeding each other on the Northwest Side. He too comes through with another wonderful shot.

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

LAST WORD

“Horns and flashing lights don’t faze them, so it’s up to attentive drivers to be aware and try to avoid hitting these animals.”

Dan Thompson, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County ecologist, on turtles on way to laying eggs.

BIG NUMBER

No. 1:Ranking of walleye among fishermen in Wisconsin, where gamefish season opens Saturday.

WILD TIMES

ILLINOIS PERMITS/SEASONS

Through Monday: Deadline, first lottery, firearm and muzzleloader-only deer permits.

Tuesday-June 15: Perch fishing closure on Lake Michigan

Turkey hunting: Through Wednesday, fourth season, south zone, and third season, north; Thursday-May 9, fourth season, north; Thursday-May 10, fifth season, south.

HUNTER SAFETY

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

May 4-5: Zion, hunterssafety@5starfirearms.com.

May 17 and 19: Woodstock, Mchenryilhs@gmail.com

May 19-20: Custer Park, smittythepainter@yahoo.com

U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

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

Saturday: About Boating Safely, Chicago, Dan O’Connell, doc731@yahoo.com

Saturday: GPS for Mariners, Des Plaines, Chas. Hague, sailnrails@aol.com

Saturday: Boating Safety, Waukegan, Curt Schumacher, publiceducation41.5@gmail.com

WINGSHOOTING CLINICS

(Click here for the statewide list)

May 19-20: Des Plaines Conservation Area, Wilmington, (217) 524-5466

DUCKS UNLIMITED

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

Thursday: Naperville dinner, White Eagle Golf Club. Contact Bill Lehman (312) 841-9259 or Steve Hoffman (630) 728-8432

SHOWTIME

(Click here for the complete list of shows for the year)

Saturday: Midwest Morel Fest, Black Park, Ottawa

Saturday: Stark County Morel Mushroom Festival, Toulon

NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION

(Click here for general list of banquets and events)

Thursday: Windy City Longbeards banquet, Erie Street Cafe, Chicago. Contact Matthew Dunn, mdunn19834@gmail.com

PHEASANTS FOREVER

(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)


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