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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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June 27: Picture of the Day

June 27, 2010 at 04:08 PM

On the way to a mini-vacation in northern Illinois, we passed this pair of sandhill cranes in a wetland restoration project along Illinois Route 84 between Cordova and Albany.

The sign said the project had been done by Waterfowl USA’s Mississippi Flyway chapter.

From a distance, it looks like this Mississippi River backwater slough was well-engineered. Moist-soil plants were abundant and the presence of two sandhills is a good sign.

I enjoy seeing these big birds, so we had to stop for a picture (a long way off, obviously) even though the kids were eager to get north and see their cousins.

Incidentally, I didn’t post this picture until June 30. But I assure you, it was taken on June 27. I just needed a break from the computer for a few days.




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