Outside of Chicago: White Opossum, Giant Channel Catfish, Cerulean Warbler, Caution on Roads/Turtles

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The notes come from outside Chicago and beyond.

WILD OF THE WEEK

Annabelle Hladik, an assistant naturalist at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, photographed this “ever-elegant” Cerulean Warbler, in a rare appearance for our region, a Wolf Road Woods. “He is a beautiful reminder of the incredible diversity of species we see throughout Chicagoland and beyond in Illinois during migration,” Hladik emailed, who a year ago sent a nice find of a shrike (“butcher bird”) to Orland Park.

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

Well worth a look.

DALE COURIER BAG

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

A: District Wildlife Biologist Stefanie Fitzsimons messaged, ‘They are definitely not common. It’s not albino, just a very white color phase.

A white opossum in Grayslake.  Provided by Jane Franz

A white opossum in Grayslake.

LARGE NUMBER

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

LAST WORD

“For their eggs to survive, turtles need to find the right place for their nests. Some turtles have to travel up to a mile to find the right conditions.

Dan Thompsondistrict conservationist from DuPage Forest Preserve in the district urging drivers to be careful now

WILD TIME

HUNTER SAFETY

June 2 and 4: Newark, [email protected]

WING SHOOTING CLINICS

Next Saturday, May 14 or May 15: Wing Archery Clinic, Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, (815) 423-5326. Click here to register.

MUSKIES TOURNAMENT

Next Saturday May 14: FRV Challenge on the Chain, first prize $5,000

ILLINOIS PERMITS/SEASONS

Wednesday May 11: The second lottery, fire and muzzle-loading deer permit applications begin

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

US COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

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

FISH COLLECTIONS

Tuesday, May 10: Indiana Guide Keith CortopassiChicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies, Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, May 11: Mike Schoof on Willow Slough Renovations, Perch America, Indiana Harbor Yacht Club, East Chicago Marina, 7 p.m.

Wednesday May 11: Captain Phil Stodolaon the seasonal progression of Green Bay Muskies, Fox River Valley section of Muskies, Inc., Schaumburg Golf Club, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 11: John DeMay“A Jig for Every Season,” Lake Geneva Fishing Club, Poplar Creek Bowl, Hoffman Estates, 6 p.m.

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

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