Pope talks local farming before Monday speech

The featured speaker at Monday’s annual meeting of the Champaign County Farm Bureau will provide an early outlook on the 2017 farm season.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Opossums aren't as bad as they look

When I received negative responses to the mention of opossums in a recent column, I was reminded that a student in my environmental-writing class had done nice work on that topic last fall. I thought you might enjoy seeing what she wrote.

'The Most Misunderstood Marsupial,' by Joanna Pupa

Letters from Birdland: Another victim of the budget battle

I'm coming back after defending my thesis at Murray State University in Kentucky. For two years, I've been traveling south every six months — in summer and winter — to take part in 10 days of intensive study.

Allerton contest aims to get birding interest soaring

MONTICELLO — Allerton Park hosts up to 200 different species of birds throughout the year, which should make it a hot spot for bird-watchers.

But that aspect of the Monticello-area forest is somewhat overlooked.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 19-26, 2017


This weekend


What: Keynote speaker with be Eric McDuffie of the African American Studies Department. The program will include a presentation by Wrapsody and a performance by the Banks, Bridgewater and Lewis Drum Corps.

When: 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 21.

Environmental vigil set Sunday at West Side Park

CHAMPAIGN — The candlelight "Vigil for Our Common Home," calling for environmental stewarship of the planet Earth, will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at West Side park.

Biomass boiler to keep UI greenhouse warm, clean

URBANA — It's an idea as old as human history: burning plants for fuel.

At a greenhouse where sugar cane thrives in the middle of January, a locally grown energy source will soon be providing environmentally friendly heat.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 17, 2017

The bald eagle that has become a regular at First Christian Church in Champaign was back on its perch Monday morning.

"I think it's unique to have our national symbol visiting our place," said Don Orr, First Christian's operations and missions pastor. "It's quite a sight when it takes off to fly and its wings unfold."

Letters from Birdland: It was nice to hit the Chicago ice

In Birdland, we all have new ice skates. As soon as my student told me last semester about the new Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon in Chicago, I couldn't stop thinking about that glide, glide and sway of my childhood, and my youngest and I found ourselves on the way up to the big city.

Ellis did most of the driving so I could knit.