ILLI­NOIS PER­MITS/SEA­SONS

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Mon­day: First-come, first-served ap­pli­ca­tions be­gin for site-spe­cific dove per­mits. Next Satur­day: Squir­rel hunt­ing opens . . . Free up­land game per­mits, applicatio­n pe­riod begins.

DALE’S MAIL­BAG

“I’ve owned my home in Elk Grove for six years, [and] this is the first year I have ever seen a fire­fly. I see them ev­ery night lately. I have heard that the re­duced flights over O’Hare con­trib­uted to this.”

— Brian Pen­te­cost

He spurred me to check with Peggy Note­baert Na­ture Mu­seum’s Doug Taron, chief cu­ra­tor of the Chicago Academy of Sciences. “Fire­flies up here by me [El­gin] are hav­ing a pretty good year,” he emailed. “I’ve seen more ac­tiv­ity, but this year isn’t bad. I’m very skep­ti­cal that flights out of O’Hare would in­flu­ence fire­fly num­bers.”

BIG NUM­BER

Top wa­ter­fall spots in Wis­con­sin, ac­cord­ing to trav­el­wis­con­sin.com: Am­ni­con Falls State Park, Cop­per Falls SP, Iron County, Marinette County and Pat­ti­son SP–Su­pe­rior.

THE LAST WORD

“As peo­ple around the world de­mand jus­tice for Black lives, the Sierra Club rec­og­nizes the ur­gent need to dis­man­tle sys­temic racism within our own or­ga­ni­za­tion, the en­vi­ron­men­tal move­ment and our coun­try. We must reckon with how racism

— both past and present

— has shaped our or­ga­ni­za­tion and work to re­pair the harm done.”

— From a post this week by the Sierra Club, whose famed founder, John Muir, has a du­bi­ous his­tory in writ­ings and ac­tion with racism

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