Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Dr. Elizabeth Pector found her northern shrike on Feb. 26 at Springbrook Prairie in Naperville. “I haven’t seen one for three years and I’ve spent many hours since November trying to track one down, and discovered many interesting new forest preserves in the process,’’ she emailed. Speaking of interesting, google northern shrikes, whose Latin name means “butcher watchman.’’
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 email@example.com.
Q: “If someone wanted to open a tackle store, where do you think would be the best spot or what area needs one?’’ Jeff Baffa
A: I assumed Baffa meant a bait/tackle store and said LaSalle Lake, which desperately needs a full-service shop and shuttle service. I would love to hear other suggestions.
“How long can a perch live?’’ “Until somebody catches it.’’
Steve Robillard, Lake Michigan Program biologist, answering a question Tuesday during the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant “Lake Michigan Workshop’’ at North Point Marina; Robillard’s workmate Dan Makauskas said they have aged perch to 21 years.
3: Chairman’s Elite designation by Ducks Unlimited for chapters that raise at least $1 million in grassroots income for DU’s conservation mission. That includes once again the West Suburban chapter out of LaGrange.
Saturday-Sunday: Second statewide youth turkey hunt
Saturday: Inland trout season opens
Monday: Discussion of Braidwood and Clinton lakes, Oswegoland Fishin’ Fools, Allied First Bank, Oswego, 7 p.m., click here for details.
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)
April 14-15: Ingleside, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 4-5: Zion, email@example.com.
Saturday: Spring Fishing Seminar fundraiser to benefit veteran medical programs, Capt. Bob Bachler, Capt. Pat Harrison, Jim “Crappie Professor’’ Kopjo, Joshua W. Harris Memorial VFW Post, Brookfield, $15, doors open 9 a.m., (708) 485-9670
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)
Saturday: Will County Cutters banquet, Beecher Amvets Hall. Click here for info or contact Troy Claus, (708) 946-3537.
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILLIARY
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Saturday: About Boating Safely, Chicago, Dan O’Connell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday: Weekend navigator,Waukegan, Curt Schumacher, email@example.com.
Saturday: About Boating Safely, Wauconda, Winston Tumaneng, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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