Chicago outdoors: Yellow lady slippers, new boat owners, holiday boating advice, monarch eggs
Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Robert Kuta emailed, “I’m not a hunter or angler but LOVE the outdoors and hiking. My son and I was at Matthiessen Park last Tuesday and caught these lovely lady slippers in full bloom.” It’s been a very odd spring for wild flowers, well, wild plants in general.
WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs most weeks in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make submissions, email [email protected] or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).
“I didn’t see the mama, but found 10 monarch eggs on milkweed in my yard in Munster!” Tom Jurich, on Tuesday [photo below].
A: That beats me or my wife seeing any on our milkweed yet. I’m also very pleased with how milkweed has entered the general consciousness.
415,000: New boaters taking to the waterways since 2020, according to the Water Sports Foundation.
“ `The ‘Wear It!’ message is a simple and easy message to understand. Wearing a life jacket isn’t just a reminder for everyone on a motorboat; it’s also important for everyone who enjoys paddle sports, such as kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards.”
Illinois Conservation Police Lt. Curt Lewis, the state’s boating law administrator, before the Memorial Day weekend
Saturday, June 4: Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, (815) 423-5326
June 25-26: St Charles Sportsmen’s Club, Elburn, [email protected] or (847)309-1093
Next Saturday, June 4: Lake Forest Area Fishing Derby, Kenosha Harbor
US COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
Saturday, June 4: Weekend Navigator, Waukegan, Curt Schumacher, [email protected]
Wednesday, June 1: Woodchuck season opens