Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Help protect waterways

If you were to launch a canoe in the Boneyard Creek on the University of Illinois campus and head downstream until you hit the Gulf of Mexico, you would travel roughly 1,400 miles on the water.

Top of the Morning, April 22, 2017

A month from today is the grand opening of the Bruce Hannon Levee Trail just west of Monticello. But why wait?

At last weekend's workday at the Land Conservation Foundation's Sangamon River Corridor Reserve, the scenery was stunning.

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Marcus Jackson/About Town: His namesake's 'a lot to live up to'

CHAMPAIGN — Having lived for 47 years with a recognizable first name, Thor Peterson has heard just about every joke or comment there is to be made relating to the Norse god of Thunder.

With the emergence of the "Thor" franchise and "The Avengers" movies with Chris Hemsworth playing the role of the large, powerful and bearded man, it's even picked up.

Top of the Morning: April 17, 2017

On Mondays, our award-winning photographers tell their stories. Today: Rick Danzl

We frequently receive phone calls from readers with suggestions of things they would like to see us photograph. Calls notifying us about pretty flowers, cool birds and extra-large vegetables are common.

Spring always brings tips about interesting nesting locations of Canada geese.

Electronic recycling events no longer worth the weight

CHAMPAIGN — Each year, smartphones and TVs get thinner and lighter, which is good news for consumers but bad news for electronics recyclers.

Because the statewide recycling program is funded by electronics manufacturers based in part on the weight of electronics sold, recyclers aren't receiving as much as they used to.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Celebrate Earth Week

Earth Day was conceived in 1970 to promote awareness and understanding of environmental crises, on the premise that awareness and understanding would lead to action. All these years later, we celebrate Earth Week in the same spirit.

Letter from Birdland: A writing road trip to Tennessee

I'm sitting in the bright sunroom at my friend Anne's house in Columbia, Tenn. Birdsong is coming through the open back door, and Virgil, the lovebird, beeps at me, pushing her hanging toy to get my attention, I think.

Project has Middle Fork bank looking new, but does it protect?

DANVILLE — Canoeists, kayakers and tubers floating the Middle Fork this summer aren't likely to miss the new grass and hundreds of tons of large white rocks neatly arranged on a rebuilt section of bank that separates a Dynegy Inc. coal-ash pit from the river.

UI launches Earth Week festivities by turning out lights

Hordes of light-flipping volunteers kicked off the annual Earth Week celebration at the University of Illinois on Friday night.