Every fall, biologists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources conduct surveys of lakes to assess the health of fish populations. They use information gathered to set limits for anglers and guide fish stocking efforts.
The red-breasted nuthatch normally spends most of its life north of Illinois, living in pine forests, far from people. But this year, a lack of food in their home range has pushed the nuthatch further south than usual. STORY & COMMENTS
The Illinois Senate on Wednesday agreed to adding a $2 surcharge to license plate renewals that would inject new revenue into the Department of Natural Resources for the upkeep of state parks. STORY & COMMENTS