Monthly Archives: March 2011

Birding at Mermet 3-20-2011

Birders at Mermet Lake. Photo: T. Treacy
Shawnee Audubon Chapter enjoyed some great birding at Mermet Lake last Sunday. We saw lots of birds including: bald eagle, osprey, hooded and red-breasted merganser, white pelican, pied-billed grebe, American coot, cormorant, blue-winged teal, golden-eye, scaup, ruddy duck, northern shoveler and mallard.

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Frog and Toad Surveys

Frog and Toad Surveys in the Cache River Watershed
Four times between February and June volunteers gear up with thermometers, clipboards and data sheets to venture out into the evening to conduct frog and toad audible surveys in the Cache River watershed. These surveys are part of a statewide monitoring program that enable our wildlife biologists [...]

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2010-2011 Fishing Regulations

2010 IL Fishing Information NEW
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2010-2011 Hunting & Trapping Regulations

2010-2011 Digest of Hunting & Trapping Regulations
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Season Dates
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Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations
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Waterfowl Season Recommendations

July 14, 2010
IDNR Recommends Waterfowl Season Dates for 2010-11
Proposal to be sent to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Approval
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is recommending 60-day duck seasons in all zones, 85-day Canada goose seasons in the North and Central zones, [...]

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Tunnel Hill Trail

Tunnel Hill State Trail
Tunnel Hill Trail – photo: Daniel Schwen
Tunnel Hill State Trail stretches for 45 miles from Harrisburg to Karnak, with 2.5 miles being managed by the city of Harrisburg. The trail continues on a trails [...]

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The Cache–A Great Place to Bird Watch

Prothonotary warbler
The Cache River originates near Anna, Illinois and meanders nearly the entire southern tip of Illinois. Its river basin has been identified as a Wetland of International Importance because of its rich collection of natural communities and the critical habitat it provides waterfowl and shorebirds that use the Mississippi flyway. The Cache bottomlands support [...]

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Cache River Wetlands Center

The Henry N. Barkhausen Wetlands Center is the place to begin your Cache River Wetlands adventure. Visitors will enjoy a cultural and natural history time-line exhibit full of fascinating artifacts, a video screen with five perspective of the Cache watershed, and audio sticks with local oral history. State-of-the-art interactive exhibits and dioramas offer visitors a [...]

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Volunteers Needed for Nature Fest

Volunteers are needed for the Cache River Nature Fest on April 30, 2011. We are specifically looking for volunteers to assist us with signing people up for hikes, assisting with the hikes and canoe trips and helping with various exhibits such as the kids corner, eagle watching tent, the ecological fitness trail throughout the day. [...]

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Fossilize This!

[ April 2, 2011; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. ] Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m (presentation), 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (hike)

Embark on a journey through time as we navigate backwards to the Mississippian period. Examine fossils dating back to a time when warm temperatures and shallow seas full of marine life ruled the area. Begin your time travel with a morning [...]

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