A: The good news is that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is finalizing a long-term agreement with Midwest Generation to continue fishing at the former cooling lake near Morris. Unfortunately, from a fisherman’s perspective (mine included), the protected area west of the buoys will not be changed. On the other hand, fisheries biologist Rob Miller said it acts like a fish sanctuary.
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
WILD OF WEEK
Bob Gosman sent this photo of the cinnamon teal spotted by Celeste Troon, Director of Living Collections at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, in mid-March. He said the Chicago Ornithological Society put it as the first sighting for North Pond. Until Morel of the Week starts in a few weeks, we will run WOTW. E-mail nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bass Pro Shops is again holding the Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge. The Gurnee store will hold the first qualifying round of events Saturday and next Sunday. Check for other stores and times at basspro.com.
POLISH-ONLY HUNTER SAFETY
April 29-30: Schaumburg, (847) 995-0200.
Saturday-next Sunday: Chicago Herpetological Society’s 18th annual ReptileFest, University of Illinois-Chicago Physical Education Building, ReptileFest.com.
Today: Final day, grand reopening of Geneva Kayak Club, Yorkville. Paddle with GKC owner Ryan Rushton and Kelly Blades (Yorkville to Silver Springs), 1-4 p.m., (630) 232-0320 or genevakayak.com.
Friday: West Suburban Ducks Unlimited, Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 Archer, Willow Springs. Contact Keith Bucholz at (630) 364-9337.
Monday: First turkey season, south zone, opens.
BIG NUMBER: 92,000
THE LAST WORD
— Marc Miller, IDNR director, in a wide-ranging interview Wednesday, about the possibility of some parks being closed because of budget restrictions