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Chicago outdoor: Osprey and shark, toad tadpoles at Montrose, cicada artwork

Notes come from round Chicago outdoor and past.


Paul and Linda Sevcik of Crest Hill, who take pleasure in wildlife images, vacationed in St. Augustine, Florida, in February. “I took [photos] of an osprey which was near the shoreline not removed from the pier you visited,” Paul emailed. “I’m not certain what sort of shark that is, but it surely certain stunned us and put a smile on our faces.” Final Saturday, I wrote about the St. Johns County Ocean & Fishing Pier in St. Augustine. It will take any individual smarter than me to decipher which shark the osprey has.

WOTW, the celebration of untamed tales and images round Chicago outdoor, runs most weeks within the particular two-page outdoor part within the Solar-Occasions Sports activities Saturday. To make submissions, e-mail [email protected] or contact me on Fb (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside), Instagram (@BowmanOutside). or Bluesky (@Bowmanoutside).


“Just a few weeks after American toads mated alongside Montrose Pier, 1000’s of their tiny tadpoles have hatched.” Robert Loerzel despatched a video on X.

A: Fascinating the issues that Loerzel finds in his wanderings round Chicago outdoor.

The video is at under:


“Artists will be as severe or as foolish as they need with this problem. Reasonable, inventive, wacky, whimsical, or kitsch – we’re right here for all of it. We expect the cicadas would need it that manner.”

Natalie Phelps Finnie, Illinois Division of Pure Assets director, channeling cicadas, on saying the Cicada Artwork Contest at Conservation World in the course of the 2024 Illinois State Honest, Aug. 8-18. Register at



Friday, Might 31-Saturday, June 1: Chicago Yacht Membership’s In-Water Boat & Tech Present, Monroe Station, register and see particulars at

Subsequent Saturday, June 1, to June 2: Celebration of Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Space’s seventy fifth anniversary, guided hikes, kayak excursions, and a night campfire, see


June 16: Deadline to use to exhibit cicada artwork at Conservation World in the course of the 2024 Illinois State Honest, Aug. 8-18, junior exhibit (17 and youthful) and grownup (18 and older), register at


Subsequent Saturday, June 1, to June 30: First lottery, site-specific dove permits

Via June 30: Second lottery, deer firearm & muzzleloader

Via July 1: First lottery, fall shotgun turkey season


June 29-30: Wilmington,

June 29-30: Diamond, (815) 907-7345; [email protected]

Full state itemizing at


July 15: Deadline, nominations for 2024 class of Illinois Outside Corridor of Fame, particulars at

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