Category: Conservation Issues

Fox River Bald Eagles are Heading Home

Fox River Bald Eagles are Heading Home
Or wherever it is they go when they decided to leave the Fox River. I never have bothered to look up the migration habits and patterns of bald eagles. I’m assuming when they’re not here, they’re up in Canada somewhere or soaring over a mountain out west. There are a few that seem to have... Read more »

Illinois Gun Control Legislation in Progress

When I woke up this morning the last thing I really felt like thinking about was gun control. Being a gun owner, I had been dwelling on it enough ever since Sandy Hook. But because of recent developments in Springfield in trying to get gun control legislation passed (HB 815 and HB1263 if you care... Read more »

Bald Eagles in Yorkville Again

Bald Eagles in Yorkville Again
In the 1960’s I had already assumed I would never see a bald eagle in the wild. I assumed that if I ever made it to my mid 50’s, they would either be extinct or you might be able to go visit a few in a bird sanctuary somewhere. Growing up in Chicago made those... Read more »

Swimming upstream faster than the current… (part 2)

More details and suggestions in the second email from Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director, Marc Miller. _______ Dear DNR constituent: In Part 1’s email, I discussed how the victory on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Sustainability Bill demonstrated that the agency is swimming upstream faster than the current, and now I need to... Read more »

Swimming upstream faster than the current… (part 1)

Over the last couple of days, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller has sent out a couple of email that reads like a State of the Union address for the DNR and goes into some detail about the recently passed DNR Sustainability Bill. This link is in the following letter from Marc Miller,... Read more »

The Fewer Dams the Better

A simple post was put up today, Friday, October 26th, on the Facebook page of Marc Miller, Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Governor Quinn Announces Completion of Hofmann Dam Removal You can’t remove too many dams from waterways and it looks like a few more are in the works. This is a... Read more »

An Update on Illinois Department of Natural Resources Budget Cuts

Sunday afternoon, Marc Miller, Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, put up a simple post on his Facebook Page. No words, just a link to an article by Les Winkeler of The Southern. Les Winkeler does an excellent job of summarizing Millers comments that were given February 2nd during a two-hour public meeting... Read more »

A Walk in the Park a Source of Revenue for the IDNR – Repost

This is the third time I’m referencing this post. The first time I put it up was August of 2011. I normally wouldn’t do this, but over the weekend I came across a couple of blurbs in different outdoor magazines. Each one mentioned the elimination of site superintendents and the closing of some of Illinois’... Read more »

The Tribune Needs an Outdoor Writer

I fish, hunt, wander, hike, camp, canoe, kayak, bird watch lately and pay attention to conservation issues that impact all of these activities. I don’t travel much to take part in any of these activities, so the bulk of it all occurs within the Greater Chicago Area. Sometimes I’ll venture into other areas of northern... Read more »

A Project: In Vermont, After Irene

Last week I put up a post called Aftermath of “That Bitch Irene” It’s a link to the blog The View from Fish in a Barrel Pond by Ken Hall, aka Quill Gordon. Ken and his photographer friend Victor Salvo have been documenting the after effects of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene long after the initial interest... Read more »