Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
WILD OF THE WEEK
John Kudia found rare Soapwort Gentian (Gentiana saponaria) at a small lot by Sandburg High School in Orland Park. Click here for more info on them.
Wild of the Week, a celebration of wild scenes around Chicago outdoors runs on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page as warranted. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (email@example.com).
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Oct. 28-29: Elmhurst, hotshottrainingacademy.com/schedule.php
Nov. 5-6: Morris, rainbowcouncil.org, click Event Registration
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NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
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Tuesday, Oct. 18: Tod Todd on ice fishing and new equipment, Arlington Anglers Fishing Club, Cabela’s, Hoffman Estates,6:30 p.m, arlingtonanglers.com
Tuesday, Oct. 18: Remaining firearm and muzzleloader-only deer permits become available over the counter
Saturday, Oct. 22: Duck and Canada goose seasons, central zone, open
E: “The cold weather is definitely coming soon, had the first juncos of the season at one of my feeders today. There is also a black squirrel running around Hillside. I saw it on two different occasions with two other gray squirrels.’’ Jim Hantak
A: Yes, the inevitable march to the near-death of winter nears. I find it interesting were the black gray squirrels take root and where they do not. BTW, winter is not a good time for black squirrels.
4,526: Sandhill cranes counted Wednesday at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area, southeast of Valparaiso, Ind., where the count was more than double the first one on Oct. 4. Stay updated at in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3109.htm
“BTW, the Division gets at least a call a month from people that catch bowfin and are concerned that they have caught snakehead. It’s a very common mistake.’’
Dan Stephenson, fisheries chief for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, responding to Wednesday’s bowfin story
FYI, years ago, veteran fisheries biologist Frank Jakubicek sent me the graphic below for comparing/contrasing snakeheads and bowfin