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February 2021
Feb 24, 2021
  • Wildlife
Birds of Prairie Ridge State Natural Area
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Bob Gillespie from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources joins us for a Q&A on grassland birds of Prairie Ridge State Natural Area. Listen in to learn tips for planning a trip at Prairie Ridge State Natural Area and more.

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Feb 23, 2021
  • Wildlife
Greater Prairie-chicken in Illinois
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Bob Gillespie from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources joins us for a Q&A on the Greater Prairie-chicken. Listen in to learn some of the brief history of the greater prairie-chicken and more.

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Feb 1, 2021
  • Wildlife
Celebrating the Success of the Interior Least Tern
By Kathy Andrews Wright

January 12, 2021 was a day worth celebrating in the world of endangered species. On that day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally announced that on February 12, 2021 the interior least tern would be stricken from the federal endangered species list.

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Feb 1, 2021
  • Wildlife
We All Have a Role in Bolstering the Illinois Monarch
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Whether you reside in an urban, suburban or rural area, the work to bolster the monarch population is something each and every Illinois citizen can participate in. Read on to discover how you can give monarch butterflies a boost.

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Feb 1, 2021
  • Recreation
Post-season Deer Scouting is a Great Mid-winter Activity
By Dan Stephens

While the most valuable information a hunter can rely on is their observations during the hunt, post-season scouting can provide useful information. It is not too early to begin preparations for the fall deer hunt.

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A photo of Mike Wefer
A message from Chief Mike Wefer

Welcome to the February 1, 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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December 2020
Dec 17, 2020
  • Wildlife
Illinois Coyotes Q&A Video
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Stan McTaggart from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Scott Beckerman from Illinois Wildlife Services joins us for a Q&A on coyotes. Listen in to learn how to handle urban coyotes and more.

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Dec 10, 2020
  • Wildlife
CWD in Illinois Q&A
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Dan Skinner from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources joins us for a Q&A on chronic wasting disease. Listen in to learn why the disease is problematic and what the public can do to help.

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Dec 7, 2020
  • Wildlife
Large Carnivores as Rare Illinois Visitors—Cougar, Gray Wolf and Black Bear Q&A
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Curious about large carnivores? Join us for a Q&A with District Wildlife Biologist, Stefanie Fitzsimons, about the cougar, gray wolf, and black bear. You’ll discover if Illinois has suitable habitat for these carnivores and so much more.

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