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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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April 30: Picture of the Day

April 30, 2010 at 04:41 PM

Spent some time looking for goslings this afternoon as the winds whipped, clouds darkened and a possible nasty storm rolled into the area.

Larry Karnes told me goslings had hatched at Spring Lake back on Monday, so I was sure I would find a few between Yates City and Farmington. There are some strip-mine lakes there where huge flocks of goslings are fairly common.

Instead, I found plenty of mother geese still sitting tight on the nest. Like this one. She’s on an island in the midst of a shallow strip-mine lake. Some years, the island is under water. Not this year. Not yet, anyway. Obviously, there’s not much room for error.

But her eggs have to be close to hatching. We’ll check back soon. Until then, I hope the lake doesn’t rise much more.



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