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Illinois Department of Natural Resources
May 2021
May 3, 2021
  • Land
Wetland Restoration—More Than Just Birds and Bees
By Jason Bleich, Katelyn Beckemeyer

Habitat Stamp sales produce significant funding that goes directly toward habitat restoration in Illinois. The benefits are far-reaching especially with wetland restoration.

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May 3, 2021
  • People
Meet the Staff: Dan Skinner, Forest Wildlife Program Manager
By Dan Skinner

While working from home one morning, the author reaches for A Sand County Almanac, but his goal of beginning the day with inspirational reading is foiled. Read on to discover how Aldo Leopold’s words are still relevant today.

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May 3, 2021
  • Recreation
  • Research
Lyme in The Time of COVID: A Reminder to Heed The “Normal” Risks This Season
By Heather Kopsco, Nohra Mateus-Pinilla

In Illinois, a growing threat to humans and our furry adventure companions is lurking along those greening trails–several types of ticks. Here are some tips for identifying ticks and maximizing your safety outdoors.

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May 3, 2021
  • Research
Wildlife Research News
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Keeping up with cutting-edge wildlife research, as well as changes in state and national wildlife-oriented programs and legislation, can be a daunting task. Here we briefly summarize some of the current, key work.

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May 3, 2021
  • Recreation
  • Research
40 Years of Raccoon Trapping in Illinois
By Javan Bauder, Kirk Stodola, T.J. Benson, Craig Miller, Max Allen

What comes to mind when you hear “fur trapping?” Perhaps luxury coats and raccoon-tailed hats? However, the information from trapper harvest records allows biologists to address furbearer population conservation issues.

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A photo of Ann Holtrop
A message from Chief Ann Holtrop

Welcome to the May 2021 edition of the online magazine OutdoorIllinois Journal, featuring timely, seasonally based stories about the Prairie State’s wildlife resources, with an expansion of content to include a broader range of subjects—including endangered and threatened species and Illinois’ unique, high-quality habitats and the people working to preserve, protect and manage these resources.

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April 2021
Apr 19, 2021
  • People
How an Wildlife Control Operator Can Assist You
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Got squirrels in the attic? Not to worry! We joined Stan McTaggart from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Mark Romano, president of the Illinois Wildlife Control Operators for a Q&A on how Wildlife Control Operators can assist you.

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Apr 19, 2021
  • Wildlife
Wild Turkey—History and Life History
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Curious about turkey vocalizations or the difference between male and female turkeys? Luke Garver from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources joins us for a Q&A on Wild Turkeys. Listen in to learn more.

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Apr 14, 2021
  • Land
  • Wildlife
Wild Turkey—Improving Habitat for the Wild Turkey and Current Research Activities
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Want to attract wild turkeys to your property? Listen in to a Q&A on wild turkey habitat with Luke Garver from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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