Feb 1, 2024
  • People
Meet the Staff: Jacob Lux, District Wildlife Biologist
by Kaleigh Gabriel

A love of waterfowl hunting helped to ignite a passion for wildlife conservation in Lux. As a District Wildlife Biologist for Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Lux uses his lifelong passion and extensive background in natural resources conservation to serve his assigned counties: Adams, Fulton, Hancock, McDonough and Schuyler.

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Feb 1, 2024
  • Land
  • People
  • Recreation
  • Wildlife
A Brighter, Greener Future for Illinois: The IDNR Climate Action Plan
by Kathy Andrews Wright

Working in concert with a variety of partners, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is on track to reduce the agency’s carbon emissions to zero by 2050. In conjunction with the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center at the University of Illinois, more than 70 people from all facets of the agency developed a Climate Action Plan. Pilot projects will be undertaken to test new ideas before they are rolled out to the whole agency. The actions will create a brighter, greener future for IDNR and the people of Illinois.

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Feb 1, 2024
  • Land
  • People
  • Wildlife
Meet the Staff: Ross Albert, District Wildlife Biologist
by Kaleigh Gabriel

Through his role as a District Wildlife Biologist for Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Albert’s devotion to a career in conservation will continue. Within his assigned counties of Brown, Morgan, Pike and Scott, Albert will also oversee the improvement of many public land sites.

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Feb 1, 2024
  • Aquatic Organisms
  • People
  • Recreation
Fishing Has No Boundaries Develops Friendships
by Kathy Andrews Wright

For nearly 55 participants there is joy in experiencing something new, whether it is touching a fish, reeling in their first catch or riding on a pontoon boat. And for the 250 volunteers helping with a day of fishing on Lake Springfield, it is day that most vow to never forget.

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Feb 1, 2024
  • People
  • Research
Understanding Alpha-Gal Syndrome: A Closer Look at the Lesser-Known Food Allergy in Illinois
by Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio

While most outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers understand that tick bites can result in various infectious diseases, they may not be aware that some of these bites can also induce a dangerous meat allergy, particularly to red meat. Alpha-gal syndrome is a relatively unknown food allergy linked to the bite of the Lone Star tick, and it’s made its way to Illinois.

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Nov 29, 2023
  • Aquatic Organisms
  • People
“Carp-e diem”—Muestreo de Carpas Invasoras en el Río Chicago
by Claire Snyder

Trabajando dentro de un paisaje urbano, equipos de tripulaciones de botes inspeccionan las pesquerías del Río Chicago cada primavera y otoño. Estas inspecciones están diseñadas para asegurar que los carpas cabezones y plateados no hayan superado la barrera eléctrica río abajo y los esfuerzos de recolección para prevenir que estas especies invasoras se acerquen al Lago Michigan.

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Nov 1, 2023
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  • Wildlife
La Historia de las Garzas Urbanas de Chicago: Una Maravilla Natural en el Corazón de la Ciudad; ¿Una Esperanza para el Futuro?
by Amy Lardner

Los visitantes curiosos que pasean por el Zoológico de Lincoln Park en Chicago se detienen y maravillan ante los grandes pájaros agrupados justo sobre la cerca. Las garzas nocturnas de corona negra, especie en peligro en Illinois, han anidado en el parque durante 17 años, brindando un encuentro salvaje y mágico para los transeúntes.

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Nov 1, 2023
  • People
  • Wildlife
El Arte Paga la Cuenta de los Patos
by Patty Gillespie, Sarah Marjanovic

La naturaleza beneficia al artista cuya creatividad es estimulada por ella. Nosotros, los espectadores del arte, nos involucramos y nos iluminamos. Así, a través del arte, nos beneficiamos más profundamente de la naturaleza. Mediante un acto del Congreso en 1934, la naturaleza se comenzaría a beneficiar del arte.

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Nov 1, 2023
  • Aquatic Organisms
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  • Recreation
Una Noche para Recordar: IDNR en la Noche de la Herencia Hispana de los Chicago White Sox
by Jose Burgos

“Todos Pertenecen a la Naturaleza,” resultó ser un principio estrechamente alineado con el tema de celebración inclusiva de la Noche de la Herencia Hispana.

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Nov 1, 2023
  • Land
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  • Wildlife
Chicago’s Urban Heron Story: A Natural Marvel in the Heart of the City; A Hope for the Future?
by Amy Lardner

Curious visitors strolling past Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo stop and marvel at the large birds clustered just over the fence. Illinois-endangered black-crowned night-herons have nested at the Park for 17 years, providing a wild and magical encounter for passersby.

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Welcome to the November 2023 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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