Lake County News Sun Latest news from Lake County News Sun Online en-us (Editor) Lake County News Sun 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Sneak a peek at the long beaks on Chain waters ]]> Lead story image

OUTDOORS: Locals and visitors alike are enjoying an early return of the American white pelican, one of the largest birds in North America, that has resurfaced in the Chain O’ Lakes and Fox River areas. ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:31:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Will survey say that Waukegan’s for the birds? ]]> Lead story image

The Lake County Audubon Society will be hosting a talk about the birds that are in the Waukegan Dunes area at 7:30 Monday night on the second floor of the Libertyville Village Hall, 118 W. Cook Street. Speaking at the 90-minute meeting will be Ed Collins, director of land preservation and natural resources for the McHenry County Conservation District. ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 06:03:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ For ice anglers, home is where the heart is ]]> Lead story image

OUTDOORS: For more than a decade now, I have a winter tradition where I go out on the hard water for the Northern Illinois Conservation Club’s Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival at the Thirsty Turtle on Channel Lake, located at the north end of the Chain O’ Lakes. ]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:14:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ A chance to view nature through an artist’s eyes ]]> Lead story image

OUTDOORS: Sometimes art is just smart, it tickles something in your brain, and you go “ohhhhh” “awwww” “neeeat.” Well, this is your last chance to see nature artist Charlie Harper’s work at the Lakewood Forest Preserve’s Discovery Museum near Wauconda through Sunday, Feb. 16. It’s called “Beguiled by the Wild, the art of Charlie Harper.” ]]> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 06:06:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Weekend wonderland awaits ]]> Lead story image

OUTDOORS: This weekend is shaping up to be a time for ice fishing and a nice night out to support Pheasant’s Forever Lake County. Saturday night is Pheasant Forever’s fifth annual banquet at the Antioch VFW Hall. Saturday and Sunday are the days of the state’s longest continuous winter festival, put on by one of the county’s oldest independent outdoors groups: The 54th Northern Illinois Conservation Club Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival. ]]> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 06:06:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Year’s Day bird count relies on ‘feeder’ system ]]> Lead story image

Count the crows, sparrows, morning doves, blackbirds, robins, and all your feathered friends that visit your bird feeders and baths on New Year’s Day and become part of the 114th annual Christmas Bird Count. ]]> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:27:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fewer are encountering a deer in headlights ]]> Lead story image

OUTDOORS: This is one of those times people need to be on the lookout for deer as they drive about their business. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources should be releasing last year’s deer-collision numbers very soon. The trend has been good news. ]]> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:02:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Late-season charter outing doesn’t disappoint ]]> Lead story image

The Lake Michigan charter-boating season is coming to an end on Thursday, but boy did Augie Ralph and his boat Fishfood score big on a charter that came to them at the last minute. ]]> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 19:53:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fall is perfect time to Hike Lake County ]]> Lead story image

OUTDOORS: This is a great time to jump into Hike Lake County, the forest preserve’s program that gets you out and about to some forest preserves you may not have explored before. ]]> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:03:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Coming up big while thinking ‘small’ ... ]]> Lead story image

OUTDOORS: Up in Springsted, Wis., I was hunting walleye with my brothers and a contingent of friends from Antioch who have been opening and closing walleye season on the Lac du Flambeau flowage for more than a quarter-century. We caught way too many of what is referred to as a “cigar walleye” because they resemble those goofy big cigars you used to get at a carnival and I think are still available at novelty shops. When your daily limit is two, these little guys would give you a couple of nuggets of meat. But then ... ]]> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 06:05:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Taking stock of trout fishing in Lake County ... ]]> Lead story image

t’s that time of year again when the Illinois Department of Natural Resources stocks two Lake County lakes with trout ranging in size from three-quarters of a pound to a pound. Limit is five and all you need is a state fishing license (if you are 16 or older for $15) and an inland trout stamp ($6.50). Proceeds from the stamps fund the stocking program. The season opens on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 a.m. ]]> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 06:02:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get outdoors. It’s good for body, great for soul ]]> Lead story image

The picture you see is one of the things I like about Facebook, even though I always preface admitting my membership on that social medium with, “I had to do it for work.” But I must admit that it offers surprises like this poster from the family-owned Zion Cyclery promoting one of their bi-weekly trail building and maintenance volunteer days. The next one is today (Saturday). And Joe McDowell, 83, of Zion, who is pictured, approves this message. Finish breakfast and head out there, or to one of the beach cleanups scheduled for this weekend. Joe, an active mountain biker, … ]]> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 06:06:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pheasants Forever hosting Family Fun Day ]]> Lead story image

OUTDOORS: Join Lake County Pheasant’s Forever on Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for its fifth annual Family Fun Day where you can see live pheasants up close and personnel and kids get a chance to shoot their vegetables. ]]> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:19:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bats flying around neighborhood are a good thing ]]> Lead story image

OUTDOORS: For years, we would regularly see some bats flying around our backyard and the neighbors’ yards. No creeping-out here because every time they made a pass, I figured they gorged on a bunch of mosquitoes that could no longer gorge on me or the family or neighbors. Bats were my friend. And then there was one. Just one bat. ]]> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 03:18:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ When you see a woodcock, you know it ]]> Lead story image

OUTDOORS: Longtime Antioch Highway Commissioner Mark Ring called to report that despite many years of driving around township roadways, he just recently saw his first woodcock in the wild while driving down Crawford Road, south of Route 173 where it’s still gravel. ]]> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 06:08:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Whooping cranes are making a comeback ]]> Lead story image

OUTDOORS: Like a lot of people, I am intrigued by the efforts being made to boost the whooping crane population that was brought to the brink of extinction through habitat loss and illegal hunting and other factors, going from a low of only 22 birds in the wild in the 1940s to around 599 birds today (captive and wild). ]]> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 03:36:42 -0500