Spring Turkey Applications:  Permit applications for the third lottery for 2020 Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season are due by Feb. 10. Hunters wishing to apply should visit the IDNR website for more information: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/TurkeyHunting.aspx

2020 Licenses Available Beginning March 1: 2020 Illinois Hunting, Fishing and Sportsman Combination licenses will go on sale beginning March 1 at 8:00 a.m. – and those 2020 licenses will be valid through March 31, 2021. Illinois 2019 licenses are valid through March 31, 2020. Licenses purchased prior to March 1, 2020 are 2019 licenses that will be valid only through March 31, 2020.

Pere Marquette Bald Eagle Days:  Enjoy watching bald eagles on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers near Pere Marquette State Park by participating in one of the park’s popular Bald Eagle Days tours. The informative programs are conducted on select winter dates. The programs are free, but registration is required by calling 618-786-3323. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2tYNYjH

Lincoln Birthday Event at Mount Pulaski Courthouse: The Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site will host an early celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday Saturday, Feb. 8 with an appearance by Brian “Fox” Ellis portraying John A. “Black Jack” Logan, the son of Dr. John Logan, for whom Logan County is named. The event will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., with the “Black Jack” Logan program at 1:00 p.m. inside the historic courthouse. The younger Logan became a Civil War general, a U.S. Senator, and an enthusiastic worker for President Lincoln’s re-election. During the celebration, visitors will also be greeted by Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by John Walther of Bloomington, who will tell Lincoln stories. Other activities will allow visitors to write with a quill pen, tap out Morse code messages with oscillators, make a Lincoln birthday card or a Valentine, and put together a giant puzzle.

Music at the Museum:  The Nathan Taylor Band will perform at the monthly Music at the Museum concert at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. The band explodes with rich sound and purely blended talent, bathed in a wide range of vintage American blues and roots music. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. More information is available online at https://bit.ly/2GDvNTg.