Les Winkeler

Football team shares field with osprey nest

Jacques Nuzzo (left) of the Illinois Raptor Center, and Ameren lineman Josh Loyet study the osprey nest at Carlyle High School’s football field. (Photo by Les Winkeler)Carlyle, Ill. —  The sign outside Carlyle High School’s football field proudly proclaims the facility as “The Home of the Indians.” For the past several months –and hopefully the next several years – the…

Young Illinois anglers take Bassmasters Junior Championship

Springfield — By the smallest of margins, two young Illinois anglers outlasted the 54-team field to win the 2018 Bassmaster Junior Championship. Trey McKinney, of Goreville, and Carter Wijangco, of Naperville, had a two-day total of 17 pounds, 6 ounces to give them a 1-ounce advantage over first-round leaders Jeremy Monda and Will Boyd, of Florida. On what was a…

Invasive black carp caught in Illinois’ Horseshoe Lake

Miller City, Ill. — When Matt O’Hara, DNR’s Asian carp project leader, learned invasive black carp were being caught in Alexander County’s Horseshoe Lake, he mobilized a multi-faceted reconnaissance and intervention force. DNR fisheries biologists, members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and commercial fishermen descended on Alexander County in an effort to capture the invaders. They literally netted…