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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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Open Blog Thursday 9-9-10

September 09, 2010 at 08:48 AM

Fishing report? On a day when Canada geese are flying? Help.

FROM Don Axt of Peoria:

“Not enough is being written on changing climate and wild things.I don’t see many birds around here. Many birds of my boyhood are really scarce: blue jays, house wrens, chimney swifts, night hawks are few and far between.  Even robins and house sparrows are becoming scarce. I don’t see many Canada geese and where are the red-wing blackbirds? I read that Inca dove populations of the south west are diminishing. Maybe it has to do with winning the war on insects.

“And trees. We have two osage orange in the yard. No “oranges” this year. I will get on down the street to check the oak acorns. Maybe the rainy spring hit the acorns. But redbuds are lush.

“Again … I wish someone would take on this climate change question.”



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