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Nov 1, 2021
  • Wildlife
By Kevin Wright

Visualizing a new trend is difficult at the beginning, especially when it comes to new migration patterns in geese. Discovering why the patterns are shifting is difficult as it involves factors that affect migration, including weather.

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Nov 1, 2021
  • Land
  • Wildlife
By Josh Osborn, Aaron P. Yetter, Joe Lancaster

“They’re all sitting on the refuge.” It’s a dreaded retort among waterfowl hunters, so why do public and private land managers set aside disturbance free wetlands? Read on to learn more.

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Nov 1, 2021
  • Wildlife
By Valerie Blaine

The unique appearance and behavior of black-bellieds is enough to pique interest in birders, biologists, and hunters. They’re catching more attention now with their expanding range.

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Nov 1, 2021
  • Recreation
  • Wildlife
By Randy Smith

Ready for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season? Check out the insights gathered on habitat and populations of waterfowl by IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources Wetland Wildlife Program Manager Randy Smith.

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Nov 1, 2021
  • Wildlife
By Pam Otto

Sleety rain? No big deal when you’re inside a tree cavity. Likewise for wind-driven snow. Even below-zero temperatures are moderated by the heat of warm bodies piled together and surrounded by layers of wood and bark.

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A photo of Ann Holtrop
A message from Chief Ann Holtrop

Welcome to the November 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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