Welcome to the August 2023 edition of the online magazine OutdoorIllinois Journal, featuring timely, seasonally based stories about the Prairie State’s wildlife resources. We’ve prepared a variety of stories for you in this edition. Look for articles on mergansers, white-tailed deer and wood ducks; muskies, trout and bass; and bees, piping plovers, orchids and leadplant. Hear from researchers about their work on current issues. Explore Illinois’ nature preserves, waterfowl hunting areas and other places to visit.