Outdoors Glance: May 9, 2019

May 10, 2019

Kankakee Valley Audubon Society field trips

Kankakee Valley Audubon Society is once again holding field trips around the Kankakee area. This Saturday will be the State Count Day.

The next field trip is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Aroma Land & Water Preserve. This is an area with a variety of habitats. The trail is an easy walk to the Kankakee River and back.

Those interested can meet in the parking area on Hieland Road 1.4 miles south of Illinois Route 17.

For more information, call a KVAS officer any time after 7 a.m.: David Atkinson, 815-932-6457; Roberta Slaby, 815-791-5955; or John Baxter, 815-937-5059.

The Kankakee Valley Audubon Society is an affiliate of the Illinois Audubon Society.

Basic nature photography offered by U of I Extension

Jim Bogenschneider, master naturalist, will once again be instructing basic nature photography for the University of Illinois Extension, Kankakee County.

Basic nature photography will be held at 10 a.m. May 28 at the Shannon Bayou, 3301 Waldron Road, Aroma Park.

Participants can learn how to adjust the camera’s manual settings to get the shot they want. The course includes classroom instructions, in-field shooting and a critique session. Bring your camera.

Mandatory preregistration is required by May 21. Call the University of Illinois Extension Office at 815-933-8337 to register. There is no fee for this event. Space is limited to 20 attendees.

The course is co-sponsored by Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve District and University of Illinois Extension, Kankakee County.

Pritzker names new director of law enforcement at DNR

Gov. J.B. Pritzker appointed state Rep. Jerry Costello II to serve as the director of law enforcement at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

“After serving his country in the battlefields of Iraq and the people of Southern Illinois in the statehouse, I’m thrilled Jerry Costello is continuing his public service by leading law enforcement at the Department of Natural Resources,” Pritzker said. “His wide-ranging experience brings much value to an important piece of state government.”

Costello has represented the 116th district in the Illinois House of Representatives since 2011 and currently chairs the agriculture and conservation committee. A graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Costello joined the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.

Not long after signing up, he and his unit saw combat during Operation Desert Storm. Following his military service in Iraq, Costello returned to Illinois where he became a police officer and started a family.

Initially a patrolman, he rose through the ranks and become assistant chief of police. Born and raised in Southern Illinois, Costello lives in Smithton with his wife, Lori, and their three children.

“It’s an honor to lead the dedicated group of men and women who keep Illinoisans safe while they enjoy our state’s natural resources,” Costello said. “I’m excited to start this new chapter, and I thank Gov. Pritzker for the opportunity to serve.”