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Don Dziedzina shows off a nice panfish taken through the ice at Big Kitten Lake in Boulder Junction, WI.   Ice fishing is the cure for Cabin Fever.
From the community

Boulder Junction Ice Fishing Cures Cabin Fever

It took too long for northern Illinois to get safe ice for fishing. Warm weather, wind, and rain has kept ice anglers from enjoying hard … Read more ›

Bond Falls Michigan by Mike Trahan of Mundelein wins Best of Show in Volo Bog State Natural Area's 25th annual Nature Photo Contest
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Volo Bog State Natural Area 25th Annual Nature Photo Contest Winners Announced

Volo Bog State Natural Area25th Annual Nature Photo Contest Winners AnnouncedDisplayed at Volo Bog SNA Visitor Center through March 6 The winners of Volo Bog … Read more ›

Nick Tassoni (left) with his father David and Nick’s state-record walleye (ILDNR Photo)
From the community

Teen catches new Illinonis State Record Walleye

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reported this afternoon that a 15 year old boy from Rockford caught a new State Record walleye. On January … Read more ›

WPPC accepting applications for outdoor classroom grants

The Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee of McHenry County is accepting applications for its outdoor classroom grants. The grant provides schools the opportunity to receive … Read more ›

Residents give their final input on the Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed Action Plan. (Lawerence Synett/Tribune)

Watershed protection plan nears completion

A blueprint to protect watersheds in southeastern McHenry County is all but complete, culminating longtime planning efforts by environmental enthusiasts determined to protect the county’s … Read more ›

Don Dziedzina, his daughter Lisa and their hunting partner Wager
From the community

Why do we hunt?

We’re well into the hunting season. Many of us have done well so far and yet many are also looking forward to see how the … Read more ›

Christmas fern in Lake County. Sheryl DeVore/Tribune

Christmas fern: Holiday gift from nature

When colors of brown pervade the northern Illinois woodlands in winter, one green plant stands out – the Christmas fern. This native fern stays green … Read more ›

From the community

Chicago Wilderness Alliance Welcomes New Corporate Council Member: Serosun Farms

Serosun Farms recently joined the Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council, an integral member of the Chicago Wilderness alliance, a diverse group of organizations working together to … Read more ›

Residents can see what's in store for them at the Richardson Adventure Farm from the 50-foot tower overlooking the 33-acres of corn maze. (Lawerence Synett/Tribune)

A day at Richardson Adventure Farm

Editor’s note: Lawerence Synett covers Crystal Lake and Huntley for the Chicago Tribune and TribLocal. He recently conquered the corn maze at Richardson Adventure Farm … Read more ›

Autumn Drive 2011 (Photo by Kara Silva, TribLocal reporter)

Farms open doors to public for annual Autumn Drive

Winding country roads and colorful fall foliage aren’t the only elements attracting families to rural McHenry County year after year. Beginning Oct. 14, 12 family … Read more ›