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This week’s field notes

DALE’S MAILBAG

Q: Is there a reason why nobody was there to open the gate at LaSalle Lake on April 17? I arrived at 6:02 a.m. and waited until 6:45 before I gave up. There were at least a dozen cars in line by then. I just thought I would make you aware of the situation.’’ — Mike

A: It comes down to staffing. LaSalle no longer has staff, but seasonal
help is used to open and close. There is a difference between a full-time staffer and seasonal help. That was at least the second such instance since March 30.

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



MOREL OF WEEK

To prime the pump, let me offer this photo from Joe McFarland, co-author of Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois & Surrounding States. That’s Marjorie Martin, 94, of Carbondale, Ill., with some of the 30 morels she found in her yard last week. E-mail MOTW nominations to straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

PLACES AND FACES

IDNR director Marc Miller will be the guest on “Outside,’’ which Joel Greenberg and I host on WKCC-FM (91.1) from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Monday. For most readers, it will be easier to stream live or listen to a podcast at wkccradio.org.

WILD TIMES

DOING GOOD

Saturday: Third annual Flapjacks for Fisheries Charity Benefit, 8 a.m.-noon, Gary Borger Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Sheridan Shore Yacht Club; garyborgertu.org.

SHOWTIME

Friday-Saturday: National Antique Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show, Pheasant Run, St. Charles; midwestdecoy.org.

ILLINOIS PERMITS/SEASONS

Friday: Last day to apply for firearm/muzzleloader deer permits, first lottery.

Turkey: North zone, third season runs through Wednesday; fourth season, Thursday-May 4 . . . South zone, fourth season runs through Wednesday; fifth season, Thursday-May 5.

BIG NUMBER: $1

Fine given two teens last week for killing an endangered whooping crane in a joy-shooting spree in Indiana last year.

THE LAST WORD

“The Elmhurst Park District is the 1st national market to roll-out Poo Free Park’s eco-friendly dog waste program.” — Press release, from Poo Free Parks (PooFreeParks.com), which I couldn’t stop reading



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