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Eagle SearchFor the second time in as many years, Cathy Thurston of Crystal Lake found herself behind a spotting scope in search of eagles.

This year she only saw about 30 golden eye ducks scooting about the Fox River just south of the Algonquin dam.

Earlier in the morning two immature eagles glided up and down the river and then disappeared over the trees.

Thurston was with a small group of people braving the cold at Cornish Park during an “In Search of Eagles” program this Saturday.

The program, which happens every year at this time, took place at the McHenry, Algonquin and Carpentersville dams on the Fox River, and at the Williams Bay boat launch on Geneva Lake in Wisconsin.

Read more here.

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Horizon Farm Master Plan: Your Feedback is Appreciated

The Park District will host a meeting with the Cook County Forest Preserve District to discuss a Master Plan for the Horizon Farm property. The public is encouraged to attend in person or via Zoom (check back here for a link to the meeting.) Meeting Date: Feb. 8th, at 7:00 p.m.  Meeting Location:  361 Bateman Rd. Barriington [sic] Hills, IL, at the Park District’s Riding Center Meeting Room.”

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The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street. The Board will discuss and perhaps approve the, “Second Reading of Board Policy,” including:

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be live streamed on the district YouTube channel.

Related:Two candidates in District 220 face ballot challenges

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Eagle

A bald eagle that appeared to be in poor health and standing on a piece of ice in Lake Michigan was rescued Sunday in Waukegan. | Photo: Tamima Itani

bald eagle is recovering after a non-profit group rescued the bird, which appeared to be in poor health and was floating on a piece of ice in the Waukegan Harbor Sunday.

The Willowbrook Wildlife Center said a sub-adult bald eagle, likely around three years old, was seen standing on a piece of ice that was floating on Lake Michigan in Waukegan Sunday morning.

The bird was quiet and wet and did not fly away like other surrounding birds when stimulated.

The Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, a non-profit organization, was called to the scene.

One of the organization’s volunteers, Jim Tibensky, was able to kayak out to the bird.

He broke off a small piece of ice the eagle was on and pushed it to shore.

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors said the bird, which was thin and debilitated, may be a victim of second-hand rodent poison.

More here.

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Firefighters respond to a call of a barn fire behind a house in the 0-100 block of Spring Lane in Barrington Hills Saturday afternoon. | Photo: Alex Vucha / Lake and McHenry County Scanner

A bunny is believed to be dead but other animals were uninjured after a barn became engulfed in flames and burned to the ground in Barrington Hills Saturday afternoon.

The Barrington-Countryside Fire Protection District responded around 2:05 p.m. Saturday to the 0-100 block of Spring Lane in Barrington Hills.

Fire officials said crews received a report of a barn fire behind a residence.

Initial fire crews arrived on the scene in less than four minutes to find a fully involved barn fire.

A command post was implemented consisting of representatives from the Barrington-Countryside Fire Protection District and Fox River Grove Fire Protection District.

The area does not have fire hydrants and water tenders were used to haul water to the scene.

The blaze left the barn completely destroyed and a large smoke header could be seen for miles throughout the area.

Barrington-Countryside Fire Protection District Chief James Kreher said several animals were inside the barn.

Three horses and two donkeys were able to get out. They were in the pasture and moved away from the fire. Kreher said it is believed that a bunny died in the fire.

More here.

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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM. A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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Pup

Illinois animal shelters are reporting an overwhelming number of surrendered pets this year.

Dean Daubert, chief operations officer at Anderson Humane in South Elgin, said the shelter has handled 3,000 more pets this year than it did in 2021.

Daubert said he does not buy the widely held belief that a lot of people were too quick to adopt pets during the pandemic and now they are giving them up.

“From what people tell us, the cost of keeping a pet and the refusal of landlords to accept pets are the chief reasons that so many pets are being surrendered,” Daubert told The Center Square.

He argues that it is difficult for pet owners to find new housing where pets are welcome.

Daubert would like to see legislation that gives pet owners leverage.

“Until there is legislation that prevents discrimination against people with pets and allows pet owners to have some rights, we will continue to see this,” he said.

When people have to give up their pets, it is often heartbreaking, Daubert said.

Read more here.

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SECURITY

The Barrington Hills Park District Advisory Committee meets this evening at 7PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Explore request fo motion activated flood lights around exterior of RC – suggestion for solar powered
  • Explore Request for security camera outside: parking lot, tractor shed, stall aisles, outdoor arenas. mounted as high as possible. *Signs* that call out video surveillance could be a deterrent.
  • Explore request for Panic alarm suggested: at either end of barn aisle, two in the arena. A phone with direct line to 911 would be an alternative, and
  • Explore possibility of a better time for Riding Club on weekend

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.  Instructions for attending the meeting via Zoom can be found here

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Bradwell

Co-founder Lisa Shade watches Richard Rothamel create a meal at Bredwell in downtown Barrington. The business specializes in custom meals for dogs. (John Starks | Staff Photographer)

After walking into Bredwell, you might mistake it for a familiar fast-food franchise.

You might even be tempted to bark out an order.

Meats, garnishes and other ingredients sit in trays at a food bar, ready to be mixed into a meal. Above the serving station are helpful ordering instructions.

The difference is that this restaurant caters strictly to canines

Located at 140 S. Cook St. in downtown Barrington, Bredwell is, in the words of co-founder and Vice President Lisa Shade, a “Chipotle for dogs.”

The business opened in mid-November and will host a dog-friendly grand opening from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

It offers locally sourced, nutritious meals tailored to each dog’s individual needs and preferences. Patrons can customize and purchase individual meals at the store or order a two-week supply of meal kits at www.bredwell.com.

Read more here.

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Hart Pooch

“Do you know who this beautiful puppy belongs to? She was found near Hart Road and Route 14. Contact Animal Care Center of Barrington with information at 847-381-4100.” (Posted at midnight)

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