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[AUG. 24, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Be sure to visit Conservation Village at the Du Quoin State Fair, Aug. 28-Sept. 6. Located in the center of the beautiful grounds of the Du Quoin State Fair, Conservation Village will be open from noon to 8 p.m. each day of the fair. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources information tent features displays on natural resources and outdoor recreation. Entertainment and activities include the Great Lakes Lumberjack Show, retriever dog demonstrations, youth archery demonstrations and kids' casting at the fairgrounds lake.

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The seventh annual 3-D Archery Fun Shoot, benefiting the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program, will be on Aug. 29 at Buck Stop 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.

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Debbie 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.

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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 period established

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 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 Center

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.

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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 much more.

For more information and to download a registration form, go to In 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

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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 wilderness territory.

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 to subscribe. VISA and MasterCard are accepted.

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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) 782-7498.


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