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Illinois River headwaters: Story perspectives

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Joel Greenberg, Bill Anderson and I all had different takes, and means of describing, an excursion to the confluence of the Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers on Sept. 11.


The headwaters of the Illinois River a rather significant area in terms of Chicago history and its natural ongoing history. And this trip included a Grundy County first sighting of a black-legged kittiwake and the catch and release of a 20-inch smallmouth bass.

Over the weekend, Joel posted his take, a more scholarly but very readable one, on his birding blog at

Bill put his story together via photos on his site.

I've had several quick blog posts, click here and here, and on Sunday tried to bring it all together in a more complete focus in an outdoors column in the Sun-Times.

I find how outdoor stories are told interesting.


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Bill has a great site! I've been looking at his stuff for years:) Nice work guys!


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