Chicago outside: Winter/nesting robins, winter aconite, mountain climbing the A.T., Winnebago ice shacks

Notes from round Chicago outside and past.


Final Saturday, Bob and Judi Doychak emailed, “Suppose you’ll like seeing the winter aconite that at all times is the primary to bloom in our Darien backyard. This 12 months was the earliest, and it’s even fairly as we speak peeking by way of the snow.” Our bizarre winter saved on rolling.

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“Concerning your sighting of American robins lately, my guess is that they have been our `winter robins’ down from the northern reaches of Canada. . . . If I’m proper on this, the robins you noticed will go away as quickly as they’ve cleaned out the remaining fruit from the crabapple tree and you’ll not see robins once more till just a few weeks from now, at which period the birds will probably be one or two of a nesting pair that may dangle round as they increase their brood.” Marianne Hahn

A: Hahn is one in every of my heroes/mentors in our out of doors world, so if you wish to see her full rationalization of winter robins vs nesting robins, contact me.


3,000: Ice shanties counted on opening weekend (Feb. 11-12) of sturgeon spearing on the Lake Winnebago system—half of the rely in 2022—due to poor ice circumstances.


“The Appalachian Nationwide Scenic Path—generally often known as the Appalachian Path or just “the A.T.”—is the longest hiking-only footpath on this planet, measuring roughly 2,190 miles in size.”

Appalachian Path Conservancy (I hope it nudges a excessive schooler or school scholar to do it; mountain climbing the southern quarter after school modified my life)


** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE **An unlimited view is feasible on a transparent day from the summit of Mount Greylock, which is alongside the Appalachian Path, in Lanesboro, Mass. proven on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004. All the Appalachian Path, runs from Georgia to Maine. The Massachusetts portion, covers the western territory of the state from Mt. Washington to Williamstown and consists of trails to the state’s highest peak, Mt. Greylock, at 3,491 ft. Dalton is among the few locations on the path the place it really follows metropolis streets. (AP Photograph/Nancy Palmieri)



Wednesday, March 8: Capt. Kevin Pischke on Inexperienced Bay and different waters by way of the seasons, Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies, Inc., Schaumburg Golf Membership, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Capt. Ryan Whitacre, “Season Lengthy Finesse Ways for Smallmouth Bass,” Lake Geneva Fishing Membership, Poplar Creek Bowl, Hoffman Estates, 6 p.m.

Thursday: Capt. Chris Taurisano, “Spring crappie and walleye methods,” Riverside Fishing Membership, Berwyn Moose Lodge 424, 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 9: North Shore Chicago Dinner, Kenilworth Membership


March 11-12: Bridgeview, (708) 594-1818

April 28-29: Morris, or (815) 343-7330


Subsequent Saturday, March 11: Boat America, Dan O’Connell,


Click on right here for the whole checklist of present, outside courses and swap meets.

At this time, March 4: Indoor Fishing Flea Market, Rolling Meadows Excessive Faculty

Via Sunday, March 5: Northern Illinois Boat Present, Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake

Thursday, March 9, to March 12: Journal Sentinel Sports activities Present, Wisconsin State Truthful Park, West Allis, Wis.

Thursday, March 9 to March 12: Final Sports activities Present, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Friday, March 10, to March 12: Rockford RV, Tenting & Journey Present, Indoor Sports activities Middle, Loves Park

Friday, March 10, to March 12: Canoecopia, Alliant Vitality Middle, Madison, Wis.

Subsequent Saturday, March 11: Fish & Hook Sports activities Present, VFW Publish 5788, Lockport

Subsequent Saturday, March 11: DRiFT’s annual Fly Fishing Public sale, VFW Publish 2801, Villa Park

Subsequent Saturday, March 11: Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc.’s annual banquet, Schaumburg Golf Membership

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