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A coyote against white background snow. | David McNew~Getty

A coyote against a white background of snow. | David McNew~Getty

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Ten from SRACLC will snowshoe at state games

Snowshoeing is a great outdoor sport that continues to increase in popularity.

Pictured here is a member of the Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County who is competing at a snowshoe qualifying tournament at Lambs Farm in Libertyville recently.

The event at Lambs Farm was a qualifying meet for the State Winter Games.

Katie Millar of Mundelein led the team, bring home gold in all her events. She raced in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and in the 400 meter relay.

Kyle Tuckey of Lake Zurich also did an outstanding job, winning the 800 meter and 1,600 meter races.

Overall, the team took first in 14 events and will send 10 athletes to compete in Winter Games next week at Chestnut Mountain in Galena.
“I could not be more proud of our athletes. They committed to 10 weeks of snowshoeing practice with no snow, worked incredibly hard racing through the mud, and now 10 of our athletes will finally get to run in the snow at State Games,” said Coach Kelly Weber.

SRACLC is a cooperative effort of local municipalities and park pistricts to provide recreation opportunities to individuals with disabilities served by park districts in Grayslake, Mundelein and Vernon Hills and the villages of Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich, Libertyville and Lincolnshire. | Special to Sun-Times Media

Updated: February 27, 2013 6:08AM



From the observation deck ...

Got a closeup view of a very healthy coyote in my neighbor’s backyard, just a few blocks from Milwaukee Avenue and Route 176 in Libertyville.

Tried to get a picture, but the camera wouldn’t focus and actually died right after I snapped a fuzzy photo.

The coyote just sat there, watching for something to move: rabbit, squirrel, neighbor’s cat.

I did what you are suppose to do and that is yell at it and I ran toward it. It took off down the street heading toward the Des Plaines River Trails. It was exciting.

Driving to my brother Jim’s in Vernona, Wis., (near Madison) for family holiday party and we were still heading into Milwaukee when daughter No. 2 and I both noticed hundreds, no thousands, of geese flying south.

I wondered if they had left the famous Horicon Marsh north of Milwaukee. It was a spectacle.

Things to do: There’s a lot of them:

1) Go to www.MacaulayLibrary.org, which is the site for the Macaulay Library archive at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. All archived analog recordings in the collection, going back to 1929, have now been digitized and can be heard at that website.

“This is one of the greatest research and conservation resources at the Cornell Lab,” said audio curator Greg Budney, “and through its digitization, we’ve swung the doors open on it in a way that wasn’t possible 10-20 years ago.”

It took archivists a dozen years to complete the monumental task.

The collection contains nearly 150,000 digital audio recordings equaling more than 10 terabytes of data with a total run time of 7,513 hours.

About 9,000 species are represented. There’s an emphasis on birds but the collection also includes sounds of whales, elephants, frogs, primates, and more. Co-worker Gina Galinis said the sounds and video captivated her for hours.

2) Go to Libertyville’s Village Hall (118 W. Cook St.) on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. to see Lake County Audubon present Jim and Joan Sayre and their Wildlife Photography Program.

Jim and Joan took up digital photography seven years ago when they retired from the pharmaceutical industry and both are members of the Riverwoods Nature Photographic Society and have had their prints appear in Lake County exhibits and publications.

Get tips on equipment, helpful hints and guiding principals for great wildlife photos.

You will get an eyeful from their 234-slide Power Point presentation that features insects, spiders, reptiles, flowers, mushrooms, and birds.

Each year the couple donates photographs to Conserve Lake County and the Lake County Forest Preserves for educational purposes and for use in printed materials.

They have six of their prints on permanent display in the Lake County Forest Preserves headquarters.

The 90-minute meeting is free and open to the public. Children are welcome. Bird houses will be available for sale.

3) Go to Fremont Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. for “Weed Wars” with Brett Rappaport, advocate for native landscapes, wildflowers, and prairies.

The library is at 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein.

No fee or registration required.

The event is sponsored by the Lake-to-Prairie chapter of Wild Ones, a national not-for-profit organization that promotes the use of native plants in landscapes.

“One person’s weed is another person’s wildflower: that difference in perception has led to “weed wars” as natural landscapers strive to convince others to go natural and go native.

Far too often, efforts to create a more natural landscape have met with resistance rooted in ignorance or misinformation.

The weapon most often used to try to bring natural landscapers into conformity with the American lawn ethic is the local weed ordinance,” said Rick Sanders, communications director for the Lake County chapter.

Bret Rappaport, an adjunct English professor at Dominican University and a partner with the Chicago law firm of Hardt Stern & Kayne, is nationally recognized for his knowledge of and commitment to the preservation of our natural heritage by educating about and advocating for native landscapes, wildflowers, and prairies.

4) Go to Cook Park in Wauconda on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Wauconda Snowmobile Club’s fifth annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride & Show.

It’s just like the car shows in the summer, only in the winter with “old” snowmobiles.

It’s free and food and beverages are available. For a $3 fee, you can enter your vintage sled and have the chance to win the People’s Choice Award. Sled registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and weather will not cancel the event.



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