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The Barrington Hills Chronicle (a Riding Club of Barrington Hills splinter group), posted what follows on Wednesday:

“The Riding Club of Barrington Hills is inviting all volunteers this Saturday, May 14th, to a roadside clean-up campaign on Route 62 (Algonquin Road). A meeting at the the Riding Center on Bateman Road will start at 8:30am (this Saturday, May 14th), or feel free to join whenever it is convenient for you. Every Saturday in May is the clean-up plan.”

In addition, three additional events are taking place tomorrow:

These activities are occurring at the same time tomorrow morning, primarily along Bateman, Algonquin, Brinker, and County Line Roads.

Readers are encouraged to exercise extreme caution when driving in these areas. On any given day, the Village has two patrol people covering the entire Village, and even with additional resources allocated, they hopefully will not be overwhelmed.

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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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It’s spring again, which means it’s also tick season again.

Better weather means hikes, gardening and, in general, more people taking in the outdoors. As Illinoisans make plans to venture into the woods, they may want to add tick prevention to the list as tick season kicks into gear.

Mike Claffey, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said anytime a person is in nature, even their backyard, they’re at risk of picking up a tick.

“It’s good when you get back to check your body for ticks after being outdoors, especially your socks and pants, and also check your dog,” he told The Center Square.

Dogs can pick up ticks and drop them in the house, putting humans at risk again.

Before heading out, gear up by wearing long sleeves, pants and an insect repellent with 10-30% DEET or a natural alternative like oil of lemon or eucalyptus, said Claffey.

“If you’re concerned about it, you can also tuck your trousers into your socks so there is less room for them to crawl up,” he said.

May is also Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme Disease is the most common disease carried by ticks and can be caused by the bite of a black-legged tick. But there are other diseases that different types of ticks can carry that come with a range of symptoms.

Read more here, or visit the INHS Medical Entomology Program’s webpage.

Residents interested in looking up where ticks are prevalent in the state can check out the Illinois Tick Surveillance Map.

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SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. — Therapy dogs and small horses from Soul Harbour Ranch were taken for a walk through nature in South Barrington.

All of the therapy animals are registered with the National Registry Pet Partners. Soul Harbour has 20 percent of the nation’s pet partner miniature horses.

Soul Harbour Ranch is run by an all-volunteer team that’s looking for more people to join the team. The therapy animals will be taking a walk on the first Sunday of every month.

Watch the WGN report here.

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Bird

Illinois residents are being encouraged to stop using bird feeders and bird baths to help slow the spread of avian flu.

The EA HFN1 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is currently impacting wild and domestic bird species in Illinois, according to the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources.

HPAI was first detected in wild Canada geese in Illinois in March. While it has not yet been detected in songbirds, the IDNR recommends residents take down their bird feeders and baths through the end of May, or until HPAI infections subside in the Midwest.

The department also recommends the following:

  • Clean and rinse bird feeders and baths with a diluted bleach solution (nine parts water to one part bleach) and put away or clean weekly if they can’t be moved away from birds.
  • Remove any bird seed at the base of bird feeders to discourage large gatherings of birds or other wildlife.
  • Avoid feeding wild birds in close proximity to domestic flocks.

The avian flu is rarely transmissible to humans. Nevertheless, experts said you should avoid birds in the wild.

More here.

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A double-crested cormorant struggles and is likely dying of avian flu along the edge of Baker’s Lake on April 13, 2022, near Barrington. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)

Avian flu has likely killed hundreds of double-crested cormorants nesting at Baker’s Lake near Barrington.

Wildlife biologist Chris Anchor said this is the largest outbreak of disease in wild birds he’s seen in Cook County.

“I’ve never seen anything like this since I started working here 41 years ago,” said Anchor, of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. “Chances are this is happening in other places, and we’re not aware of it because no one is looking.”

The outbreak, which affects wild, backyard and commercial bird populations, was likely caused by the same highly infectious strain of avian flu that is sweeping the country.

Since early February, more than 23 million birds in commercial flocks have been killed by avian flu or euthanized due to the outbreak, mostly outside of Illinois, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cases have been reported in 24 states this year, with Iowa the hardest hit, The Associated Press reported. While poultry remains safe to eat as long as it’s properly cooked, the prices of eggs and other poultry-related foods are soaring.

Read more here.

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The Riding Club of Barrington Hills (RCBH) recently released their April newsletter.  Topics covered this month include:

  • First Weekly RCBH Obstacle Exposure
  • RCBH New Members
  • RCBH Sunny Sundays Brunch
  • RCBH Walk Only Trail Rides, and
  • RCBH Art Contest 2022

A copy of the RCBH newsletter can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Coop

Glencoe residents will soon be able to keep hens on their property after village trustees approved a change to local regulations to allow it.

The Village Board voted 5-1 at the March 17 board meeting to change the rules to permit residents to maintain up to four hens at their homes.

Proponents support the idea for reasons including the availability of fresh eggs and children learning about the origins of food, according to the village website.

However, those opposed fear noise, odors and predators coming into the area.

After staff spoke with other communities in the Chicago area about their experience with permitting chickens at residences, trustees voted to create a program where residents will have to apply for a one-year license to keep chickens with a limit of four per household, officials explained.

Initially, the village will only allow 10 licenses to be granted – on a first-come, first-served basis.

“It’s an assurance we are not going to allow these things everywhere,” Management Analyst Jeff Mawdsley told trustees.

The hens will have to be kept in an enclosed pen or coop with a minimum of 4 square feet per chicken, a property inspection by village staff will be required before a license is issued or renewed, and the pen or coop must be kept clean to prevent odors and they must be resistant to predators, according to the approved ordinance.

Read more here.

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BHPD

The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in-person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Horizon Farms Update
  • Plum Farms Property Update
  • Public Comment Policy Guidelines, anf
  • Additional Video Cameras at Riding Center

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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FPDCC

“The Forest Preserve District of Cook County made a preliminary presentation at the Barrington Hills Park District’s January meeting regarding Horizon Farms.”

The January 12th, 2022, presentation can be viewed and downloaded here.

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