Trump administration's actions have UI scientists wary

Gag orders, media blackouts, political reviews of scientific reports — those are fighting words to scientists.

News of a Trump administration clampdown on public communications at the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies this week raised alarm from scientists across the country, including at the University of Illinois.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 24, 2017

As toasty as it was Saturday — a C-U record 64 degrees — I figured spring can't be too far away.

Not so fast, JIM ANGEL says. The state climatologist, while pointing out that the average temperature in January is 6.9 degrees above normal, reminded me that there's a lot of winter left.

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.

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.

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

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.