Volunteers needed for April 18 Boneyard event

CHAMPAIGN — Boneyard Creek Community Day will celebrate its 10th anniversary on April 18 with a variety of cleanup and educational activities.

This year's event will be begin at 9 a.m. at Scott Park.

From there, volunteers of all ages will be sent to work sites to take part in everything from children's activities to creek projects.

Environmental Almanac: Another March Madness

One of the early season highlights of birding in central Illinois is the widespread return in March of a bird called the American woodcock. Indeed, for some birders, this phenomenon holds just as much interest as that other popular event this time of year — March Madness.

Ammons' aquifer bill clears committee, but will wait for revision

SPRINGFIELD — A bill aimed at banning the disposal of hazardous PCBs and manufactured gas plant wastes at any landfill over the Mahomet Aquifer cleared an Illinois House committee Tuesday.

But like an identical bill in the Senate, House Bill 1326 will be held on the House floor pending further clarification, said its sponsor, Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana.

Plan to control geese detailed

URBANA — Here's one Mother Goose story you won't find in the children's section of your public library.

Bill on aquifer passes Senate panel, but more work ahead

SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would prohibit the dumping of PCBs and manufactured gas waste at any landfill over the Mahomet Aquifer got provisional approval Tuesday from an Illinois Senate commitee.

Environmental Almanac: Get out soon to find first flower of spring

People who go looking for beauty in the woodlands of East Central Illinois consider April to be a high point of the year. That's when showy beauties like Virginia bluebells carpet the woodland floor. But if you wait until then to get out, you're already a month late for the emergence of the first flower of spring.

Electronics recycling event Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — Good Vibes will host an electronics recycling event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its store, 1501 N. Prospect Ave., C.

Items that can be dropped off include televisions, stereos, video cassette recorders, computers, microwave ovens and treadmills.

Cronus inks construction contract for Tuscola plant

Last fall, the big announcement was made that a more than a billion dollar fertilizer plant was coming to Douglas County. Now the next step in helping to make the project a reality has been taken.

Environmental Almanac: Real-life female stars in entomology

Depictions of female entomologists in film will be the focus of the 32nd Insect Fear Film Festival, which will take place Saturday at the University of Illinois.

Seriously: Do not feed the geese

Wildlife experts say there's something everyone can do to help manage the Giant Canada goose problem: Stop feeding them.

Park officials in East Central Illinois said they often see people feeding them bread, birdseed and leftover picnic scraps — sometimes right next to "Do not feed geese" signs.