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.
Authorities say a bloody severed body part found along a central Illinois bike trail belonged to a bear. A walker found the mangled paw on Thanksgiving morning along the bike trail in Decatur. STORY & COMMENTS
Crossbows will be legal for all hunters during the second half of archery season. But like any change in the world of Illinois deer hunting, this rule didn’t come into being without controversy. STORY & COMMENTS
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 Natural History Survey's Aaron Yetter tallied 195,195 ducks, just a few thousand above the long-term average of 191,939. This week's survey, flown on Monday, was the first since Oct. 15. Wind and rain had kept the flights grounded. STORY & COMMENTS