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Chicago outdoors: White opossum, giant channel catfish, cerulean warbler, caution on roads/turtles
A good sighting of a cerulean warbler, a white opossum visit, the world-record channel catfish and a caution on turtles on our roadways are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
Saturday, May 07, 2022 Chicago Sun-Times by Dale Bowman
WILD OF THE WEEK
Annabelle Hladik, a naturalist aide at Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, photographed this “ever-snazzy” cerulean warbler, in a rare appearance for our area, a Wolf Road Woods. ``He is a beautiful reminder of the incredible species diversity we see all through Chicagoland and beyond in Illinois during migration,” emailed Hladik who, a year ago, sent a nice find of a northern shrike (“butcher bird”) in Orland Park.
WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs most weeks in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make submissions, email BowmanOutside@gmail.com or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).
Worth a second look.
“Saw this white possum [last week, below] about noon, so cute! We see this little guy every spring behind our house in Grayslake, walking around under our bird feeder.”
A: District wildlife biologist Stefanie Fitzsimons messaged, ``They certainly aren’t common. It’s not albino, just a very white color phase.”
58: Pounds of the world-record channel catfish, caught by W.H. Whaley July 7, 1964, from Santee-Cooper Reservoir, South Carolina, according to the International Game Fish Association.
“For their eggs to survive, turtles must find just the right spot for their nests. Some turtles must travel up to a mile to find the right conditions.”
Dan Thompson, DuPage Forest Preserve District ecologist, in the District urging driver caution now