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January 7, 2010  

Natural Resources January Newsbits

Late-Winter Deer Hunt:  Permits are still available for the 2009-2010 Illinois Late-Winter Antlerless Deer Hunting Season from DNR Direct license and permit agents.  The Late-Winter season will conclude on Jan. 15-17. For more information, check the IDNR web site at this link:
CWD Deer Season: Hunters in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry, and Winnebago counties and that portion of Kane County west of Ill. Rt. 47 can participate in the final three days of the Special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Deer Season on Jan. 15-17 to help control deer densities and the spread of chronic wasting disease. Special CWD season antlerless-only permits are available over-the-counter for $5 each at participating DNR Direct license and permit vendors. In addition, hunters with unfilled 2009 firearm, muzzleloader, youth deer hunt, or archery deer permits valid for one of the open counties may use those permits to hunt during the CWD season. Hunters using unfilled permits from the 2009 firearm, muzzleloader, youth, or archery season may take deer appropriate for that permit (antlerless-only or either-sex). 

Deer Harvest Update:  Hunters harvested a preliminary total of 9,491 deer during the first segment of the Late-Winter Antlerless Deer Season and the Special CWD Deer Season on Dec. 31-Jan. 3.  This is the first time that firearm deer hunting has been offered during this period as part of the expanded Late-Winter and Special CWD seasons.  The top five preliminary county harvest totals on Dec. 31-Jan. 3 were Pike (441), Fulton (378), Jo Daviess (346), Adams (280), and Wayne (245).  The Illinois Archery Deer Hunting Season continues through Jan. 17.  The preliminary statewide 2009-2010 archery harvest through Jan. 3 was 61,567, compared with 61,734 for the same dates in the 2008-2009 archery season.

Spring Turkey:  Applications will be accepted through Jan. 11 for the second lottery for 2010 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season permits.  For more information, go to the Hunting link on the IDNR web site at

Youth Calendar:  The IDNR is dedicated to fostering and maintaining youth participation in outdoor activities.  Illinois state parks and educational programs offer exciting and unique opportunities that will connect people with nature and the outdoors.   For information on youth and family activities, check this link on the IDNR web site:

Story Time Art:  In the world of children's books, the words on the page are only half the fun. Visit the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on Sat., Jan. 9, where children and their families can explore the art of picture books through exciting activities and games as part of the museum’s Super Saturday program “Story Time Art.”  Familiar favorites like The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and others will be read aloud every hour.  The event is free, with activities ongoing from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Jan. 9.  For more information, phone 217/782-6044.  The Illinois State Museum is located in the State Capitol Complex in Springfield. 

Pere Marquette Bald Eagle Programs:  Visit Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton this winter to enjoy an informative program on bald eagles.  Eagles may be spotted in the tree tops along the Illinois River throughout the winter. The site interpreter at Pere Marquette presents informative programs about bald eagles on select dates throughout the winter.  January program dates are Jan. 9, 10, 11, 25, 26, and 27.  All programs begin at the Pere Marquette Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 618/786-3323.  For a complete list of dates through early March, check the IDNR web site at this link:

Eagle Days at Old Chain of Rocks Bridge:  Bundle up and bring the family for the 15th annual Bald Eagle Days from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 16 and Sun., Jan. 17 on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, located near I-270 and Ill. Rt. 3.  Admission is free.  Spotting scopes will be set up to view bald eagles.  For more information, phone 314/877-1309. 

NRAB Meeting:  The IDNR Natural Resources Advisory Board will meet on Mon., Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. at the IDNR Headquarters, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield.  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information, phone 217/785-0075.

INPC Meeting:  The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission will meet on Tues., Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at the IDNR Headquarters, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield.   The meeting is open to the public.  For more information, phone 217/785-8686.

OutdoorIllinois:  For many, an Illinois winter means bundling the family up and heading outdoors to enjoy new-fallen snow. The cover of the January 2010 issue of the Department of Natural Resources’ monthly magazine OutdoorIllinois features a late January storm gathering over a snowy camelback kame (a short ridge or mound of sand and gravel deposited during the melting of glacial ice) at Glacial Park in the McHenry County Conservation District.

Feature stories this month include the final in a three-part series on Conservation Congress, DeWitt County’s newly created Salt Creek Wildlife Management Area, a history of Illinois hunting licenses, a hunter’s last wish of creating an accessible hunting blind, and Illinois’ state mineral—fluorite. Those looking for ideas on how to spend a wintry day outdoors will enjoy reading the story on northern Illinois’ 50th annual ice fishing derby. For a summary of feature magazine articles, listen in on monthly podcasts at OutdoorIllinois is a great tool for learning about Illinois' natural, cultural and recreational resources and a bargain at only $15 for a one-year, 12-issue magazine subscription that includes an information-packed annual calendar in the December issue. Visit or call 1-800-720-3249 to subscribe. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. For information on advertising in OutdoorIllinois, call 217/785-8610 or e-mail

Trail Grants:  Applications are accepted from Jan. 1 - March 1 for the Illinois Bicycle Path Program, Off-Highway Vehicle Program, and federal Recreational Trails Program grants.  For more information, check out the IDNR web site at or contact the IDNR Division of Grant Administration, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271, phone 217/782-7481.

Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants:  School teachers are encouraged to apply by Jan. 31 for the 2010 Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant program.  Visit to access the application form. Funds from this competitive grant program allow teachers in Illinois schools to take their students to Illinois locations as they study our natural and cultural biodiversity. The maximum award per teacher is $500. This grant program is made possible by the Independence Tube Corporation of Chicago and the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation of Skokie. Funds are administered by the Illinois Conservation Foundation.  For more information, e-mail or phone 217/524-4126.

Earth Day in the Parks:  Teachers can get students involved with natural resources stewardship through the Earth Day in the Parks program from the IDNR.  Participating state parks will offer students the opportunity to get their hands dirty and experience nature as they perform duties such as removing invasive exotic plants, planting native trees and wildflowers, and building and installing bird nesting boxes. The list of participating parks and their associated projects is posted at Instructions and the application form are also available at that link. Applications must be received by Feb. 28. For more information, contact the IDNR Division of Education at or 217/524-4126.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest:  Applications will be accepted through Mar. 15 for the 2010 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest.  Details are available at this link:  Students of grades K-12 can learn about waterfowl and wetland conservation in this program as they design artwork depicting North American waterfowl species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the IDNR sponsor the contest in Illinois. For more information, contact or 217/524-4126.

ENTICE Workshops:  School teachers are encouraged to register soon for 2010 ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) educator workshops from the IDNR.  Visit for the workshop schedule, to register, and for more information.  The workshops provide background information, supplemental resources, networking with other educators, and the opportunity to work with natural resources professionals.  Continuing Professional Development Units are available to all ENTICE participants.

ESPB:  The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board has published its list of meeting dates and places for 2010.  For details, check the web page at this link: