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Q: I saw the article in the Sun-Times on the morals. Can you give me the locations of the morals?
Eileen e-mailing for her grandmother Marianne

A: That’s why stories on morels are such delights for headline writers. There’s a difference between morals and morels. But one of the morals of morels is not giving away spots. One of the great joys of hunting morels is finding them. But, in general terms, the best starting point to search is around dead elms or where a dead elm was. The season is done for this spring. Around Chicago, the season usually begins in late April.

Updated: July 7, 2011 2:32PM


Ellen Reifel found this morel on a parkway in Glen Ellyn in mid-May, and it symbolizes what has been a late but good spring for morels. Unfortunately, we are at the end of the season. I haven’t found any in two weeks, and Tim Williams, who had last Sunday’s MOTW, said he thought he found the last of his morels on May 21 in McHenry County. I think I will run another MOTW photo or two, then switch to Wildlife of the Week until Buck of the Week shots start arriving. And from some deer I have seen, BOTW should start soon. Sent nominations to


John ‘‘Duke’’ O’Malley, the voice of the outdoors for the SouthtownStar for three decades, died Friday morning. Arrangements are pending.


Beaubien Woods Celebration and Environmental Day! has fishing, environmental learning and games from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Fishin’ Buddies Inc. sponsors it in conjunction with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, the Field Museum, Greencorps Chicago, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Eden Place. It’s free, but pre-register at


In June, Chicago River Canoe & Kayak begins four-week cardio- kayak classes at its Chicago launch on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. It’s $80 for first-timers, $50 for returnees. To sign up, e-mail or call (773) 704-2663. . . . It’s another of the First Friday Kayak Races on Friday by CRCK. Register as above.


Ranking of West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Parents magazine’s “Ten Best Beaches for Families 2011.’’ It was the only Great Lakes beach included.


‘‘Some more seasonably spring weather is finally arriving in Wisconsin, with spring bird migrations and spring wildflowers near peak just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.’’

Wisconsin’s Outdoor Report’s lead sentence on Thursday, which largely encapsulates the holiday weekend around the upper Midwest.

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