Entries from Down Chicago’s Drain tagged with 'wildlife'

Des Plaines Sea Monkeys

A news release from the Lake County Forest Preserve reports that ecologists have discovered tiny freshwater shrimp in the Des Plaines river. The shrimp were collected last summer but only recently identified as Mississippi grass shrimp. The presence of...

Carp in Court

A Washington Post article details the lawsuit filed by the State of Michigan against Illinois to close off the water connection of the Chicago and Calumet Rivers to Lake Michigan. The lawsuit also challenges Chicago's exemption from the Great Lakes...

Steamed Fish for Everyone!

Prairie State Outdoors has an article about a novel fish processing plant in downstate Havana, IL which turns the vast numbers of invasive Asian carp in the Illinois River into fertilizer. The plant uses a steam process to separate...

Returning Home to the Sewage Plant

According to a story in yesterday's Chicago Tribune, chinook salmon are running again in the outflow of the East Chicago, Indiana wastewater treatment plant. The salmon have used the outflow of the sewage plant as a spawning grounds since...

Carp Not Welcome Here

An Alliance for the Great Lakes report released today warns that there is not enough protecting the Great Lakes from invasive species such as Asian carp. Currently an underwater electric barrier at Lockport is the only defense keeping the...

Another reason not to swim in the river

Today a live American Alligator was found in the Chicago River at Bubbly Creek! Apparently it was living happily there, with lots of fish to eat. Who knows how it got there, or how long it had been there?...

When the Geese Return to Goose Island

Edwin Way Teale writes in his book North With the Spring, "Spring advances up the United States at the average rate of about fifteen miles a day. It ascends mountainsides at the rate of about a hundred feet a day....

Cormorant Fishing on the Li River

A video showing one of the fishing demonstrations on the river for tourists. The real workaday fishermen don't often wear the old-time bark rain coats seen in the video, but the process is pretty much the same....

Flying Fish

Today's Tribune story on the Illinois River is about the new sport of Extreme Aerial Bowfishing. Guess thats what they do for kicks in Peoria. I am really looking forward to seeing some of these leaping silver carp when we...