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Wed­nes­day: Illi­nois DU Vir­tual 50 Gun Frenzy, il­du­vir­tualevent.org.

DALE’S MAIL­BAG

“We walked out­side this morn­ing … and there he was! He watched us the whole time. Such a strange bird. It was lovely to see right here in the Dun­ning neigh­bor­hood of Chicago. I think he was feast­ing on ci­cadas.” — Mike Sal­bego

Doug Stotz, se­nior con­ser­va­tion ecol­o­gist at the Field Mu­seum, mes­saged, “This is too bizarre. This looks like a ju­ve­nile least bit­tern.”

BIG NUM­BER

30 mil­lion-60 mil­lion: Es­ti­mated num­ber of bi­son in North Amer­ica in the 1500s, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice www.fws.gov/bison­range/time­line.htm

THE LAST WORD

‘‘Never ac­cept that all of your best mo­ments are in your past. Most of us go through a peak pe­riod. But when you start to lose that, you start to won­der.” — Rick Clunn, then 69, in 2016; three years later, at 72, he won the Power-Pole Bass­mas­ter Elite at St. Johns River.

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