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Sep 10, 2021
  • Wildlife
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Learn about one of the rarest owls in Illinois, the common barn owl in an question and answer session conducted by the Living with Wildlife Illinois team.

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Aug 2, 2021
  • Wildlife
By Angella Moorehouse

In June of 2021 the residents of four east central Illinois counties (Clark, Crawford, Edgar and Vermilion) were treated to a truly wonderous experience—the emergence of the 17-year periodical cicadas known as Brood X.

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Aug 2, 2021
  • Wildlife
By Sheryl DeVore

A rare geological feature in Illinois, the algific talus slope, harbors some of the state’s rarest plants and animals, including the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki). As the climate changes these flora and fauna could be in jeopardy.

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Aug 2, 2021
  • Wildlife
By Kevin Wright

Most people assume that coyotes, the top predator in Illinois, are eating up our wildlife. While coyotes are opportunistic feeders and no doubt take their fair share of fawns and other wildlife, most studies show their diet is primarily small mammals.

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Aug 2, 2021
  • Wildlife
By Dakota Bird

Habitat loss, overhunting and targeted predator removal all resulted in the extirpation of these large carnivores from the Prairie State. Due to the successful conservation efforts in neighboring states, seeing a large carnivore in Illinois, although rare, is a possibility.

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A message from Chief Mike Wefer

Welcome to the August 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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