The seventh annual 3-D Archery Fun
Shoot, benefiting the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program,
will be on Aug. 29 at
Archery in Brownstown. All ages are invited to compete.
Registration is from 8 to 11:30 a.m., with all scorecards to be
turned in by 1:30 p.m. The award ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.
Trophy categories at this year's fun
shoot include first through third places for men and women in Open,
Release, Fingers and Traditional classes; first through sixth places
for boys and girls ages 13-17, junior ages 9-12, and children ages 8
and younger. For more information, call (217) 782-4963.
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Programs at Weldon Springs
Weldon Springs State Recreation Area
near Clinton will host its annual One Woman Show on Saturday, Sept.
4, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lakeview Restaurant. The 2004 exhibit
will showcase the photography of DeWitt County native Christine
Nicholson. Christine has been bringing the outdoors in through her
photography for 19 years. With a love of nature as her inspiration,
her goal has been to capture through her lens the serenity of a
summer sunset, the fresh hope of a budding tree, the calm of a
winter landscape, and the warmth of fall foliage. The International
Library of Photography selected Christine's photograph entitled
“Eggs” to appear in the coffee-table book “The Mirrors Reflection,”
published in 2003.
In late August and early September each
year, ruby-throated hummingbirds gather in the marsh at Weldon
Springs State Recreation Area to feast on the nectar of spotted
jewelweed flowers before migrating southward. To get a close-up look
at this tiny winged jewel and the fascinating wildflower that helps
fuel its high-energy existence, come to the marsh below Chautauqua
Picnic Area at Weldon Springs on Sunday, Sept. 5 from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information on these programs,
contact Carol Thompson at Weldon Springs at (217) 935-0373.
Scott Newman, primary author of the new book “Creating Habitats
and Homes for Illinois
Wildlife” will on hand at
the IDNR tent at the Du Quoin State Fair on Saturday, Sept.
4, from noon to 4 p.m. The book will be available for $25 each, with checks payable to the
Illinois Conservation Foundation. The book was published by the IDNR
and University of
Illinois. Newman has worked in the IDNR private land wildlife habitat program and
for the past eight years has worked for the Illinois Nature
Preserves Commission providing land protection and management
assistance to landowners.
Reminder: The season for harvesting wild ginseng in
Illinois is from the first Saturday in September (Sept. 4 this year)
through Nov. 1 annually. The season is the same statewide.
Individual engaged in digging and harvesting wild ginseng in
Illinois must have in their possession an Illinois ginseng
harvester's license. A license can be purchased from some license
vendors, at regional offices of the Department of Natural Resources
and from the IDNR license and permit office in Springfield. For
information call (217) 782-2965.
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Revised OSLAD-LWCF grant application
Following approval of the Open Space
Land Acquisition and Development program in the fiscal 2005 budget
for the Department of Natural Resources, a revised grant application
period of Aug. 1-Oct. 1 has been established. These new dates ensure
equal opportunities for all 2004 OSLAD-LWCF grant applicants and
provide applicants the same amount of time to prepare and submit
applications as in previous years.
OSLAD program funding for the 2004
grant cycle is approximately $20 million, which is consistent with
last year's funding level. The department also anticipates an even
level of funding of approximately $3 million through the federal
Land and Water Conservation Fund program, although this amount is
subject to congressional approval.
An updated participation manual with
application forms is available through
http://dnr.state.il.us/ocd/newoslad1.htm. Potential applicants
may also request a hard copy version of the manual or obtain answers
to questions about applying for OSLAD-LWCF grants by calling the
Division of Grant Administration at (217) 782-7481 or by e-mail to
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Fall fashion spree at the Thompson
Discover wearables for back-to-school
and the changing of seasons at the Illinois Artisans Shop Fall
Fashion Art Spree in the atrium of the James R. Thompson Center, 100
W. Randolph St., on Sept. 15-16, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Select Illinois
Artisans Program members working with wearable art will display and
demonstrate handcrafted wearables, jewelry and accessories that have
a unique sense of style. The Illinois Artisans Shop, a
not-for-profit endeavor, is a showcase for artwork created by the
state's finest artisans. It provides an ongoing opportunity to view
and purchase the best-designed and crafted traditional,
contemporary, ethnic and folk art made in Illinois.
Fiber mixed-media work by David Johnson
will be exhibited at the Illinois Artisans Shop throughout the month
of September. Johnson is a Chicago tapestry and media artist. The
exhibit will include hand-woven tapestries and digital images
printed on canvass.
For more information, contact the
Illinois Artisans Shop, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 2-200, Chicago, IL
60601; phone (312) 814-5321.
The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
weekend workshop is scheduled for Sept. 17-19 at Camp Piasa at Pere
Marquette State Park in Grafton. The weekend is full of adventurous
outdoor activities, such as shooting sports, fishing, canoeing,
camping, archery, wild edibles, orienteering, outdoor survival and
For more information and to download a
registration form, go to
addition, a limited number of scholarships are awarded for each
workshop, and the application form for this grant is available from
the same website. The sessions are filled first-come, first-served
with priority given to applicants who are just being introduced to
the particular session. For more information contact Mary Allen at
the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at (217) 782-4080 or
The September issue of Outdoor
Illinois, the Department of Natural Resources' monthly magazine,
is a celebration of Illinois' rich and varied history. September is
Archaeology Awareness Month, and the magazine's cover photograph of
the “Peoples of the Past” exhibit at the Illinois State Museum sets
the stage for the issue.
Learn how archaeologists, historians
and anthropologists help assemble -- and often unearth -- Illinois'
history. Discover some of the mysteries that remain, such as Giant
City State Park's stone fort and the prehistoric rock inscriptions
found at Piney Creek Ravine Nature Preserve, which continue to draw
scientific attention. Get a glimpse into Illinois' four
reconstructed forts and life on the edge when Illinois was
Outdoor Illinois is a valuable guide to
Illinois' natural, cultural and recreational resources at a cost of
just $10 for a one-year subscription. Call 1 (800) 720-3249 or visit
subscribe. VISA and MasterCard are accepted.
Copies of the 2004-2005 Digest of
Hunting and Trapping Regulations are now available at the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Springfield office. Copies
are also available at IDNR regional offices and from Conservation
Police officers. Sporting goods stores and other license vendors
should have supplies of the digest by the end of the month. Copies
are also available at Conservation Village at the Du Quoin State
Fair, Aug. 28-Sept. 6. For individual copies, please call (217)
Department of Natural Resources
sponsor of the week