This week’s field notes
OUTDOORS August 13, 2011 1:14AM
Two years ago, I encountered something similar [to your tale last Sunday of a squirrel eating a bird] when, in the park across the street from the old Cook County Hospital, I photographed a squirrel eating discarded fried chicken. At first, I thought that maybe it was just gnawing the breading off of the chicken; I didn’t stick around long enough to tell. But having read your column, I would not be surprised if this opportunistic feeder gnawed it down to the bone. —Nicholas Kriho, Cicero
The squirrel column garnered more response than I expected. Kriho, a wonderful
photographer — and one of the Santa Fe Prairie Volunteers — had the best.
Updated: October 3, 2011 1:43PM
BUCK OF WEEK: UNPLUGGED
Mary Sweeney Harrington sent this photo of a young buck in her yard in Edgebrook. ‘‘[We] frequently have deer wandering through our yard, munching on our flora, fauna, arborvitae, and hostas,’’ she e-mailed. E-mail nominations for BOTW: Unplugged, the weekly celebration of live bucks around Chicago outdoors, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
North suburban guide Darrell Baker was found dead last week in his home. He was one of the greatest fisherman in the Chicago area — and one of the most complicated.
Saturday-next Sunday: Wilmington. Registration begins after 5 p.m. Monday at (815) 723-1978.
Thursday: Tom Lauraitis on fishing Lake Erie, Fish Tales Fishing Club, 7 p.m., 15350 Oak Park Ave., Oak Forest.
Monday: Deadline, second lottery drawing, firearm and muzzleloader deer permits.
Tuesday-Aug. 30: Online applications, first lottery, Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program, dnr.illinois.gov/duck or
236 Acres of property Ducks Unlimited is selling along the Illinois River on the south end of Treadway Lake near Sanganois SFWA. “Duckland’’ will be listed shortly on ducks.org/landsales. Contact Eric Schenck at (309) 647-5651.
THE LAST WORD
‘‘These crews worked tirelessly during this operation, using the best fishing techniques available to try to find Asian carp. The fact that none were found further
supports what we have believed for some time: If there are any Asian carp in this area above the barrier, they are there in very small numbers.’’ ~ John Rogner, Illinois Department of Natural Resources assistant director, on finding zero Asian carp after four intensive days of searching around Lake Calumet early this month