closure at Spring Lake
to a levee stabilization construction project at Spring Lake State
Fish and Wildlife Area in Tazewell County, the first mile of the
South Lake Levee Road (State Park Road) at the site is closed at the
junction with Causeway Road (Spring Lake Road). The remainder of
Spring Lake Levee Road remains open for public access. In addition,
site visitors will be directed by signs to use Woodley Road as an
alternate access to the site.
The levee stabilization project at
Spring Lake is expected to be completed this summer. The project
will help eliminate sloughing of the road surface, which has allowed
water and ice to accumulate on the roadway.
For more information, contact the
Spring Lake site office at (309) 968-7135.
Lockport Gallery program and
"A Family Farm Album: The
Photographs of Frank Sadorus (1880-1934)," an exhibition reflecting
the life and times of self-taught photographer Frank Sadorus, opened
Saturday at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery. From 1907 to
1917, Sadorus used his large-format-view camera to capture life,
work and the land on his family's farm.
The museum presented an "Artist to
Artist" program Saturday morning in the main gallery, focusing on
how Sadorus' work came to be known by the general public.
The Illinois State Museum Lockport
Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Norton
Building at 201 W. 10th St. in Lockport. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. For more
information, call (815) 838-7400.
Archery deer hunting regulations
The Illinois Department of Natural
Resources will conduct a public hearing on proposed changes to 17
Ill. Adm. Code 670, "White-Tailed
Deer Hunting By Use of Bow and Arrow," on Friday at 1:30 p.m. The
hearing will be conducted in the Artisans Building, Illinois State
Fairgrounds in Springfield.
proposal is available for review at
The public may submit comments on
the proposed regulations through April 11 to Jack Price, IDNR Office
of Legal Counsel, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL
Giant City programs
A number of spring interpretive
programs are on the schedule at Giant City State Park, Makanda.
A program on Giant City's Stonefort
will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The program includes a rugged
The "Wandering Among the Woodland
Wildflowers" programs at Giant City are from 10 a.m. to noon on
April 9, 16, 23 and 30. The two-hour discovery tours on rugged
woodland trails at the park are among Giant City's most popular
For more information on the
programs, call (618) 457-4836.
Illinois Crappie Circuit starts Saturday
The first event in the 2005 Illinois
Crappie Circuit is March 26 at Kincaid Lake in southern Illinois.
The tournament schedule continues at Rend Lake on April 16, Chain
O'Lakes on May 7 and the Quad Cities on May 21.
The series is a team fishing event
with teams consisting of three members, two of whom can fish any
tournament. Winners and top qualifiers will advance to the state
championship on June 4-5.
The tournaments are limited to 100
boats. The entry fee for each tournament is $100 per boat.
The series is sponsored by Bass Pro
Shops and the Illinois Conservation Foundation.
For more information, contact Gary
Watson at (217) 782-9990 or go to
State sites open for youth turkey
Regulations and open state sites
have been announced for the 2005 Resident Spring Youth Wild Turkey
Hunt. Permits were issued previously for the youth hunt. The South
Zone Youth Turkey Hunt is March 26-27. The North Zone Youth Turkey
Hunt is April 2-3.
Illinois youth who have not reached
their 16th birthday by the start of the spring hunt may hunt with a
shotgun or bow and arrow. Each youth must have completed a
department-approved Hunter Education Course and have a hunting
license. Each youth is required to be accompanied by a parent or
guardian who possesses a FOID card. The adult is not allowed to hunt
but may accompany the youth as a caller.
The following sites will be open to
holders of a valid youth turkey hunt permit for the county in which
the site is located. People wishing to hunt one of the listed sites
should contact that site prior to hunting for information about site
regulations and restrictions:
Zone, March 26-27:
- Kaskaskia River State Fish and
Wildlife Area, Baldwin, (618) 785-2533
- Turkey Bluffs State Fish and
Wildlife Area, Chester, (618) 826-2706
- Cache River State Natural Area,
Belknap, (618) 634-9678
- Crawford County State Fish and
Wildlife Area, Hutsonville, (618) 563-4405
- Ferne Clyffe State Park (Cedar
Draper Hunting Area, I-24 Wildlife Management Area, Cypress Pond
and Deer Pond), Goreville, (618) 995-2411
- Sielbeck Forest, Metropolis,
- Giant City State Park, Makada,
- Horseshoe Lake State Fish and
Wildlife Area, Alexander County, Miller City, (618) 776-5689
- Kincaid Lake State Fish and
Wildlife Area, Murphysboro, (618) 684-2867
- Mermet Lake State Fish and
Wildlife Area, Belknap, (618) 524-5577
- Newton Lake State Fish and
Wildlife Area, Newton, (618) 783-3478
- Pyramid State Park, including
East Conant unit, Pinckneyville, (618) 357-2574
- Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife
Area, Bonnie, (618) 279-3110
- Sam Parr State Fish and Wildlife
Area, Newton, (618) 783-2661
- Trail of Tears State Forest,
Jonesboro, (618) 833-4910
- Union County State Fish and
Wildlife Area, (618) 833-5715
Zone, April 2-3:
- Anderson Lake State Fish and
Wildlife Area, Astoria, (309) 759-4484
- Apple River Canyon State Park
(Thompson and Salem units, Falling Down Prairie (Rall Woods),
Hanover Bluff and Witkowsky State Fish and Wildlife Area), Apple
River, (815) 745-3302
- Argyle Lake State Park,
Colchester, (309) 776-3422
- Big Bend State Fish and Wildlife
Area, Prophetstown, (815) 537-2926
- Big River SF, Oquawka, (309)
- Castle Rock State Park, Oregon,
- Green River State Wildlife Area,
Harmon, (815) 379-2324
- Mackinaw River State Fish and
Wildlife Area, Mackinaw, (309) 963-4969
- Spoon River State Forest,
Victoria, (309) 879-2607
- Kankakee River State Park and
Momence Wetlands, Bourbonnais, (815) 933-1383
- Jim Edgar Panther Creek State
Fish and Wildlife Area, Chandlerville, (217) 452-7741
- Mississippi River State Fish and
Wildlife Area (Pools 25 and 26), Grafton, (618) 376-3303
- Mississippi River Pools 21, 22
and 24, Pittsfield, (217) 285-2221
- Nauvoo State Park (Max Rowe unit
only), Nauvoo, (217) 453-2512
- Pere Marquette State Park (open
area only, south of Graham Hollow Road), Grafton (618) 786-3323
- Ray Norbut State Fish and
Wildlife Area, Griggsville, (217) 833-2811
- Sangchris Lake State Recreation
Area, Rochester, (217) 498-9208
- Siloam Springs State Park
including Buckhorn unit, Clayton, (217) 894-6205
- Turkey Bluffs, Chester, (618)
- Weinberg King State Park
including Cecil White, Markert and Scripps units, Augusta, (217)
Apply for Illinois Artisans Program
by March 28
Illinois artisans are invited to
submit applications for the Illinois Artisans Program, a program of
the Illinois State Museum. Begun in 1985, the program promotes the
work of artisans living in Illinois through exhibitions and
activities. All areas of original art and craft are eligible,
including folk, traditional, contemporary, ethnic and fine art
Artists are required to submit the
program application, six to 10 slides, an artist's statement and
one-page resume, a self-addressed and stamped envelope, and a $20
application fee. Deadline for submission is March 28. Artists
selected will be notified by letter in April.
For more information and an
application form, call (312) 814-1794.
Shop features work by blacksmith
The Illinois Artisans Shop in
Chicago is exhibiting the work of blacksmith Roberta Elliott through
March 31. The shop is located at the James R. Thompson Center, 100
W. Randolph Street, Suite 2-200, Chicago. Elliott is a blacksmith
who produces both decorative and functional work at her studio in
Cobden. She works primarily with mild steel, forging table lamps,
floor lamps, wall sconces and music stands.
Conservation grant program
applications due by March 31
Grant funds are available through
the Illinois Conservation Foundation for not-for-profit groups,
organizations and schools to assist them with habitat enhancement,
environmental education and recreation projects. Individual matching
grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded.
The deadline to apply for the
foundation's grant program is March 31. An
form is available at
www.ilcf.org. Grant awards will be
announced in August.
For more information on the program,
contact the Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources
Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; or phone (217) 785-2003.
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Archery deer hunt site permit
Drawings will be conducted April 1
at 10 a.m. to allocate a limited number of archery deer hunting site
permits for use at Beaver Dam State Park in Macoupin County,
Horseshoe Lake State Park in Madison County and Pere Marquette State
Park in Jersey County.
Site permit applications are
available at each park's Web page on the Department of Natural
applications may also be obtained by contacting the site offices.
Applications will be accepted through the close of business on March
31, with drawings at each site office the next day.
areas and dates at each site will be allocated by random drawing.
Successful applicants will be notified by mail following the April 1
drawings. (If non-residents are drawn, they will be sent a letter
requesting verification that they have a non-resident permit within
two weeks of non-resident archery permits being made available).
Season dates at each site are as follows:
- Beaver Dam State Park: Oct.
10-16, Oct. 17-23, Oct. 24-30, Oct. 31-Nov. 6, Nov. 7-13, Nov.
21-27, Dec. 5-11 and Dec. 12-18.
- Horseshoe Lake State Park,
Madison County: Oct. 1-7, Oct. 8-14, Oct. 15-21, Oct. 22-28, Oct.
29-Nov. 4, Nov. 5-11, Nov. 12-18 and Nov. 19-25
- Pere Marquette State Park: Oct.
31-Nov. 5, Nov. 6-Nov. 11 and Nov. 12-17.
information, contact the park offices listed below:
- Beaver Dam, (217) 854-8020,
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Horseshoe Lake, (618) 931-0270,
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Pere Marquette, (618) 786-3323,
visitor center open daily 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Wildlife Preservation Grant
applications due April 1
Applications are still being
accepted for the Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund Grant Program,
administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office
of Resource Conservation Division of Habitat Resources. This program
is funded through a voluntary checkoff designation to the Wildlife
Preservation Fund on the Illinois state income tax form.
Small Project Program proposals can
address many types of projects, including management, site
inventories or education. Examples of past projects include wildlife
habitat improvement, species enhancement, education and research
projects throughout the state, focusing on species ranging from
birds to turtles and habitat ranging from forests to prairies.
Individual proposals are eligible for grants up to $2,000 from the
Wildlife Preservation Fund.
The Illinois Wildlife Preservation
Fund Grant Program packet for 2005 includes a program explanation,
instructions for completing the application form and an application
form. The application packet is available on the Department of
Natural Resources website,
The deadline for accepting applications is 5 p.m. April 1.
Hand-carved birds at Thompson Center
The Illinois Artisans Shop at the
James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Suite 2-200, Chicago,
will host an April 1-29 exhibit of hand-carved birds by Illinois
artisans working in wood. The exhibit will feature the work of
woodcarvers Richard Kowal of Chicago, William Larke of Peoria, and
Mike and Nancy Scherer of Sparland. These artisans are all
bird-watchers, have a keen sense of observation and will offer their
unique take on bird life in this exhibit.
Hunter wing shooting clinics at Jim
Edgar Panther Creek Area
Reservations are available for
Illinois Department of Natural Resources wing shooting clinics for
hunters at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in
Cass County on April 9-10. Sportsmen and sportswomen ages 16 and
older interested in improving their wing shooting skills are
encouraged to register and attend.
Four-hour sessions are scheduled for
the morning and afternoon both days, with each session limited to 24
participants. The clinics will be taught by National Sporting Clays
Association-certified wing shooting instructors, each working with a
squad of four hunters of similar skills. Hunters with wing shooting
skills from beginner to advanced are welcome. The clinics will
include instruction on range safety and shotgun handling, followed
by extensive live fire at a variety of clay target presentations.
The cost of the clinics is $25 per
person. Advance registration is required. For more information, call
the site office at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife
Area, (217) 452-7741.
Governor's Cup Shooting Challenge
Registration is open for the
Illinois Conservation Foundation's 5th annual Governor's Cup
Shooting Challenge, scheduled for April 29-30 at Faller's Sporting
Clays, located west of Butler in Montgomery County. Shooters will
compete for the Illinois Governor's Cup title and cash prizes,
including a guaranteed $750 for high overall in this NSCA-registered
classified shoot. The competition also includes an exciting Hunter
Class, with cash prizes for Lewis Class winners.
Proceeds benefit shooting programs
for youth conducted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
and Illinois Conservation Foundation.
For more information and
registration, call (217) 557-1395 or
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Director's Team Challenge
Join the Illinois Conservation
Foundation for the second annual Director's Team Challenge shooting
event to benefit the foundation's youth shooting sports programs.
The Director's Team Challenge is scheduled for May 13-14 at the
Bi-State Sportsmen Association in Colona.
The five-shooter team event is $100
per shooter and includes registration for the Director's Team
Challenge event on Saturday, plus one free round of trap shooting
and five-stand on Friday.
For more information or to register,
call (217) 785-2003, or register at
New online course for graduate
credit offered by IDNR and UIS
The Division of Education of the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the University of
Illinois at Springfield are presenting the first in a series of
online courses. "EDL 560: Introduction to Illinois' Natural
Resources for Teachers" is the examination, research and practical
application of Illinois natural resources information with the goals
of understanding location, composition, utilization, conservation
To be eligible to register, students
must first contact UIS admissions at 1 (888) 977-4847. Once students
have been admitted to UIS, they may contact Kim Kubatzke at (217)
firstname.lastname@example.org to get
permission to register for EDL 560.
Classes will begin on June 6. The
summer session ends on July 30.
Free fishing days 2005
Anglers always look forward to the
new fishing season -- and to Illinois Free Fishing Days, scheduled
this year for June 10-13. Many organizations use the four-day
promotion of sportfishing in Illinois to conduct fishing derbies and
other special events.
Free Fishing Days provides anglers
with the opportunity to fish without first purchasing a fishing
license, salmon stamp or inland trout stamp.
Free Fishing Days is co-sponsored by
the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Plano Molding Co.,
the world's largest manufacturer of fishing tackle boxes.
Organizations interested in
receiving educational and promotional materials to be used as part
of a Free Fishing Days event can contact Gary Watson, IDNR Free
Fishing Days event coordinator, One Natural Resources Way,
Springfield, IL 62702-1271; phone (217) 782-9990.
Pfc. Geoffrey Morris Memorial Fishing Invitational
Mark your calendar for the first
Pfc. Geoffrey Morris Memorial Governors Cup Fishing Invitational,
scheduled for June 17-18 in the Lake Michigan waters off Waukegan.
The salmon and trout tournament proceeds will benefit the Illinois
Military Family Relief Fund. The tournament will be in honor of
Geoff Morris, a U.S. Marine from Gurnee who gave his life in combat
in April 2004.
Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn will present the
winners with their awards at a banquet June 18 hosted by the city of
Waukegan immediately following the tournament.
The entry fee is $550 and is
For more information on
registration, prizes, rules and a tournament schedule, check
ENTICE workshop registrations still
The Illinois Department of Natural
Resources ENTICE program -- Environment and Nature Training
Institute for Conservation Education -- is offering a series of free
workshops for teachers in the coming weeks. These workshops provide
natural resources information, supplemental educational materials
and continuing professional development units. A description of each
workshop and registration information may be accessed by visiting
and clicking on the "Education" button in the right side bar. Call
(217) 524-4127 for more information.
Splash into the Rain Check Network
The Illinois State Water Survey
sponsors a rain gauge project for schools. The Rain Check Network
program will provide teachers with a rain gauge and instructions to
initiate the project. Students are asked to measure rainfall every
day at about the same time. Student data is posted at
An extensive listing of online resources for weather, climate,
educational links and agencies is available.
For more information, contact the
Illinois State Water Survey at (217) 333-5902.
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