Chicago outdoors: White possum, channel catfish, cerulean warbler, caution on roads/turtles

Notes come from the Chicago area, outside and beyond.

WILD OF THE WEEK

Annabelle Hladik, a naturalist at Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, photographed this “always hip” cerulean warbler, in a rare sight for our area, a Wolf Road Woods. “It’s a beautiful reminder of the incredible species diversity we see during migration through Chicagoland and beyond in Illinois,” emailed Hladik, who sent a nice find of a northern shrike (“butcher bird”) in Orland Park a year ago.

WOTW, the outdoor celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago, takes place most weeks in the special outdoor two-page section of the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. Send an email to submit entries [email protected] or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside

Worth a second look.

A cerulean warbler,

DALE’S LETTER BAG

“Saw this white opossum [last week, below] around noon, so cute! We see this little guy behind our house in Grayslake every spring, walking around under our bird feeder.

A: District wildlife biologist Stefanie Fitzsimons message, “They are certainly not common. It is not an albino, but a very white color phase.”

A white possum in Grayslake.  Provided by Jane Franz

A white possum in Grayslake.

LARGE NUMBER

58: Pounds off the world record channel catfish caught by W. H. Whaley July 7, 1964, from Santee-Cooper Reservoir, South Carolina, according to the International Game Fish Association.

LAST WORD

“To survive their eggs, turtles need to find the right place for their nest. Some turtles have to travel a mile to find the right conditions.”

Dan ThompsonDuPage Forest Preserve District ecologist, in the district urges driver to be careful now

WILD TIMES

SAFETY OF THE HUNTER

June 2 and 4: Newark, [email protected]

WING SHOOTING CLINIC

Next Saturday May 14 or May 15: Introductory wingshooting clinic, Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, (815)423-5326. Click here for registration.

MUSK TOURNAMENT

Next Saturday May 14: FRV Challunge on the Chain, Grand Prize $5,000

ILLINOIS LICENSES/SEASONS

Wednesday 11 May: Second lottery, firearm and muzzleloader deer license application begins

Thursday 12 May: Last Day, Fifth Spring Turkey Season, Northern Zone

AUX COASTGUARD AUX

Next Saturday May 14: Boat America, Chicago, Don Leonard[email protected]

FISH MEETINGS

Tuesday 10 May: Indiana guide Keith CortopassicChicagoland Muskie Hunters Branch of Muskies, Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 PM

Tuesday, May 10: Captain Pat HarrisonSalmon Unlimited, Thornwood Restaurant & Lounge, Wood Dale, 7pm

Wednesday 11 May: Mike Schoof on Willow Slough Renovation, Perch America, Indiana Harbor Yacht Club, East Chicago Marina, 7pm

Wednesday 11 May: Captain Phil Stodolaon Seasonal Development of Green Bay Muskies, Fox River Valley Chapter of Muskies, Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m.

Wednesday 11 May: John DeMay“A jig for every season”, Lake Geneva Fishing Club, Poplar Creek Bowl, Hoffman Estates, 6:00 PM

Thursday 12 May: Johnny Wilkins“How the Average Angler Can Catch More and More Fish,” Riverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 p.m.

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