Aug 1, 2022
  • People
  • Wildlife
By Eric Walberg, Craig Miller

Illinois is approaching the end of the twentieth year of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management in the white-tailed deer population in the state. In addition to management, the dynamic nature of CWD in Illinois necessitates periodic surveys of deer hunters to monitor hunter perceptions and attitudes toward CWD management actions.

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Aug 1, 2022
  • Wildlife
By Kevin Wright

The gray squirrel in Illinois, and much of the United States for that matter, has seen its share of changes over the years. A lover of big timber and heavy tree canopy, the gray squirrel has seen much of that habitat disappear, consequently they have had to adjust their living habits to survive.

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Aug 1, 2022
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By Sheryl DeVore

Relocating the roundpod primrose-willow in Illinois was a shot in the dark. But the light went on one summer day in 2019, when Illinois botanists Paul Marcum, Eric Ulaszek and David Ketzner were surveying a tract in Pope County that had been purchased by the Illinois Audubon Society.

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Aug 1, 2022
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By Gretchen Steele

The unique nature of the bald cypress and water tupelo swamps that are the hallmark of the Coastal Plain Natural Division also provide this area habitat for a small but loud species of frog. In these swamps one encounters the northernmost part of the range for a frog that sounds more like a bird than a frog.

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Aug 1, 2022
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By Robert J. Reber

Up until the early 1900s, “milk sickness” caused by white snakeroot poisoning was a relatively common, ever-present danger for settlers and farmers who pastured cattle on woodlands and waste ground and drank milk or ate meat from their own cows. Once you become familiar with the growth habits, habitat, and appearance of of this native perennial, it is easy to identify.

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Welcome to the August 2022 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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