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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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Whooping cranes amaze

December 18, 2007 at 08:39 AM

Illinois OutdoorsEvery so often, a moment comes along in this job of mine that makes me realize how lucky I am to do what I do. Forget the relative lack of money or the frequent aggravation of newspaper life. There are moments that make up for all that. Early this month I had such a moment in a grassy little corner of northeast Peoria County. Whooping cranes. In Peoria County. Amazing. Best of all, they may be back, for years to come.

I’m a sucker for birds, particularly large wetland birds. And you can’t get much bigger, or more rare, than whoopers. To have seen them in person is a privilege. Here’s what I saw.

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