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Friday, July 19th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Gretchen Steele

Gretchen Steele: Tips for capturing great photos of spring wildflowers

Springtime offers a kaleidoscope of colors and fragrances as nature awakens from its winter slumber, with wildflowers painting landscapes with vibrant hues.
Photographing these ephemeral beauties requires patience, creativity, and a keen eye for detail. Here are some tips to help you capture the essence of spring in your wildflower photography. 

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Illinois braces for the emergence of Brood X and Brood XIII cicadas

As the temperatures rise and the days grow longer, nature in Illinois is preparing for a symphony like no other.
Every 17 and 13 years, respectively, two distinct broods of cicadas emerge from their underground homes to blanket the landscape in a cacophony of buzzing, clicking, and chirping. Brood X and Brood XIII, the heralds of summer, are set to emerge again, captivating the hearts and minds of nature enthusiasts and casual observers alike.

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Early spring tempts mushroomers, anglers, snake fans in Illinois

It sure seems like we didn’t have much winter in southern Illinois this year.
It also seemed like spring started way early. The weather patterns have definitely been different – much warmer than usual and much earlier. I was hearing from readers, friends, and colleagues and even found a few myself – spring plants and wildflowers that generally don’t emerge until late March or early April were appearing in late February and early March.

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Illinois state parks, campgrounds will host thousands of curious viewers when the solar eclipse hits on April 8

Are you ready to witness a cosmic spectacle like no other?
Southern Illinois is gearing up to host the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. If you plan to join the thousands flocking to the region for this awe-inspiring event, I’d like to share some advice for those just now starting to make your 2024 Solar Eclipse plans.

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Gretchen Steele: Spring planning for planting native plants in your garden

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” And what better way to celebrate the arrival of this vibrant season than by planning your garden with native plants?
There’s something magical about native flora – they not only add beauty to your surroundings but also support local ecosystems and wildlife. So, grab your gardening gloves, and let’s dive into the beautiful world of planning for planting native plants in your spring garden.

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Consider the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Illinois for your 2024 solar eclipse destination

As the celestial event of the decade approaches, anticipation is building for the 2024 solar eclipse. Skywatchers and astronomy enthusiasts worldwide are planning their journeys to witness this rare spectacle.
Among the myriad of destinations, one stands out as an excellent choice for an enjoyable experience — the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill.

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Winter hiking: navigating the chills with confidence

As I write this, our part of southern Illinois is under severe winter weather: sub-zero temps and dangerous windchills. It’s weather none of us should consider hiking in; it just isn’t prudent.
But in a few days, things will normalize, and we’ll return to less dangerous “normal” winter conditions. I’ve always enjoyed winter hiking – no bugs, no sweat, and a much different landscape.

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Trumpeter swans triumphing in southern Illinois thanks to recovery efforts

The trumpeter swans continue to make a triumphant return to southern Illinois.
The latest DNR aerial survey showed the following numbers: 394 total swans counted, 139 at Burning Star Mine, 183 at Union County Refuge, 39 at Pyramid, 22 at Rend Lake, nine at Keck’s and two at Carlyle Lake. This doesn’t take into consideration the numbers of small groups ranging from four to as many as 20 or 30 that I have been finding scattered out across private small ponds and lakes.

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Looking for a winter project? Here’s how to make awesome bird feeders

Do you love birds? Do you want to attract more of them to your backyard and help them survive the cold winter? Do you wish to have fun and educational time with your kids? If you answered yes to any of these questions, keep reading.
One of my favorite things to do in the dark, dreary months of winter is to while away large chunks of time watching birds at the feeders. I have a whole feeding station at my house and have gifted feeders to almost everyone I know.

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