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Whoopers, zoo eagle, climate change/birds, record buck: Notes, Chicago outdoors

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Whooping cranes are again mixed with sandhill cranes in Jasper County, Ind.
Provided by Bill Peak

Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
FIELD NOTES
WILD OF THE WEEK
Kelly Tone
of the Chicago Zoological Society photographed this bald eagle (below) near the Mexican Wolves exhibit at Brookfield Zoo. It soon flew away to join another eagle, emailed Sondra Katzen, director of public relations for CZS/Brookfield Zoo.

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Bald eagle near the Mexican Wolves exhibit at Brookfield Zoo.
Kelly Tone/Chicago Zoological Society

WOTW, the celebration of wild scenes 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
“Whooping cranes have been stopping near the NIPSCO plant in Jasper County, Ind. This is two years in a row that they’ve stopped for extended stays there.” Bill Peak last month. One of Peak’s dramatic photos is at the top.
A: I am waiting to see my first whooper there.
BIG NUMBER
327 7/8:
Inches measured on Luke Brewster’s buck, arrowed Nov 2, 2018 in Edgar County, and announced by the Pope and Young Club on Thursday as the archery world record for non-typical whitetail. Click here for more.

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Luke Brewster with his pending world-record buck, taken Nov. 2 in Edgar County.
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LAST WORD
“There will be no historic precedent for these new climates, and migratory bird populations will increasingly encounter ‘novel’ climatic conditions. The most likely outcome will be a period of ecological disruption as migratory birds and other species try to respond or adapt to these new conditions.”
Frank La Sorte. Cornell Lab researcher and lead author of a paper published in the journal Ecography, click here to read it.
WILD TIMES
FISH GATHERINGS
Tuesday: Jim Saric
, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m., chicagolandmuskiehunters.org
Tuesday: Capt. Al Johnson, Salmon Unlimited, Elk Grove Village VFW,, 7 p.m., salmonunlimitedinc.com
Wednesday: Lee Tauchen, Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m., frvmuskie.com
Wednesday: Wisconsin biologist Luke Roffler, Lake Geneva Fishing Club, Cabela’s, Hoffman Estates, 6 p.m., lakegenevafishingclub.com
Thursday: Capt. Mike Hanson, Riverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 p.m.
SHOWTIME
(Click here for the list of shows, classes and seminars)
Thursday-Sunday, March 14-17: Ultimate Sports Show, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Mich.
ILLINOIS PERMITS
Tuesday:
Applications begin for resident firearm and muzzleloader deer hunting, click here for more info . . . Remaining spring turkey permits go on sale over the counter, click here for more info
HUNTER SAFETY
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)
March 28 and 30: Chicago Heights, ducks56@comcast.net
March 30-31: Chicago (taught in Polish), (630) 479-0708
April 9, 11, 16, 18: Downers Grove, (630) 963-1300 Class #271006-01
April 12-13: Morris, philliparnold3@gmail.com or (815) 343-7330
DUCKS UNLIMITED
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
Thursday: Downtown Chicago Happy Hour, Fremont, Chicago, Steve Wierema,(630) 209-0439 or Bob Wierema, (630) 729-4566
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)
Friday: Cook County Turkey Baggers banquet, Chicago South Elks Lodge #1596, Carleton Rendel, (708) 349-8862
Saturday: Kendall County Gobblers banquet, Yorkville American Legion, Tammi Schleining, (630) 385-2288
PHEASANTS FOREVER
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)
Thursday: McHenry County banquet, D’Andrea’s Banquets, Crystal Lake, Jack Lampe, (773) 531-0904 or lampe.jack@outlook.com
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
(Click here for full listings of classes in the area)
Saturday: About Boating Safely, Fox Lake, Winston Tumaneng
winstoncgaux@gmail.com