Thursday, June 1st, 2023
Thursday, June 1st, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Kathy Andrews Wright

Fish, anglers benefit from Mississippi River collaboration across state boundaries

As a new employee, the first task assigned to DNR fisheries biologist Dan Sallee was to join a team of other biologists in a study of backwater lake management techniques. It was 1980 and the study area was Burnt Pocket, one of a series of Mississippi River floodplain lakes south of Keithsburg, Ill.
In some regards, that team was unique, as it consisted of three Illinois Department of Conservation (now DNR) fisheries biologists, with another eight from the Iowa DNR and several from each the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Fishing Teacher, Eileen Rice, inducted into Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame

The 2023 Illinois Conservation Foundation Outdoor Hall of Fame nomination of first-grade teacher Eileen Rice was a chance for Chauncey Niziol to recognize – and thank – a schoolteacher who he feels embodies Mother Nature in the classroom.
“As a member of the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s Outdoor Hall of Fame, I have always felt this award is not something for the people who are doing something for themselves, but those who are undertaking projects that will affect the outdoor lives of our children for generations to come,” said Niziol.

Two nutria, a hugely destructive invasive, caught by beaver trapper in southern Illinois

Nutria, one of the planet’s most ecologically harmful invasive species, are coming to Illinois.
Actually, some of them are already here. Since 2019, a handful of credible reports indicate that nutria – a beaver or muskrat-looking animal – are making their way northward into the state. On April 11, the Wall Street Journal reported that two of the creatures were caught in beaver traps in southern Illinois in 2022.

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