Outlook for eagle after surgery: 'Really good'

URBANA — Roommates: Two geese and a pied-billed grebe.

Hospital food: Thawed pre-frozen rats and fish.

Prognosis for the 1-year-old female bald eagle recovering from surgery to reconstruct damage to her wing from a gunshot wound: "It looks really good," said Dr. Nicki Rosenhagen, an intern at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Tom's #Mailbag, May 6, 2016

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Just a week behind Arbor Day we have a mailbag question about trees — trees that unfortunately are gone.

Just 1 question: What about the trees?

To celebrate Arbor Day, some of Urbana's youngest (University Primary School preschoolers) and wisest (Clark Lindsey Retirement Village residents) got together to talk trees.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Park the car and jump on a bike

Does the warm spring weather prompt you to wonder about riding your bike to work? If so, let me offer some words of encouragement.

Bicycling is good for the planet. It requires no fossil fuel, and so alleviates all of the environmental damage caused by drilling for, transporting and processing oil.

What's in a name? Sangamon River

If you needed to survive along the Sangamon River, there's a good chance you'd be able to, based on what's swimming in the 246-mile river that flows from rural Ellsworth in McLean County to the Illinois River near Beardstown.

Legislators trying to save Clinton plant

CLINTON — With Exelon's Clinton nuclear power plant again in jeopardy of closing, state legislators and local officials are renewing their effort to pass legislation to save the plant that is DeWItt County's largest employer.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: The sycamore is the Big Tree on Campus

Today's column comes from Rae Cramer, a recent alumna of the University of Illinois School of Earth, Society, and Environment, who wrote it for the environmental writing course taught by Rob Kanter. Kramer currently works as a ski instructor in Colorado; in the fall, she'll begin a master's program at the University of British Columbia.

Area update: Rantoul City Schools board OKs bus contract

RANTOUL — The school board voted to enter into a contract with First Student bus services and accept the $1,848,679 base bid.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: A call for activism

When Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin put out the call for observance of the first Earth Day 46 years ago, he did so on the premise that awareness — especially among young people — would lead to action.

Wired In: Swarnav Pujari

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Swarnav Pujari, founder of Touch Light Innovations in Champaign. Its Power Pad generates a significant amount of power from the motion of foot traffic.