Take a gander — no geese

CHAMPAIGN — There's a beautiful green space on the edge of downtown Champaign. A historic stone bridge, falling water, curved walkways with landscaping above and below and a gentle slope to a pond where the occasional turtle suns itself and a heron fishes for dinner.

And geese, you say. Always, with the pooping on the sidewalk.

Flight club: Looking for the bird that shouldn't be here

Some wayward trajectory brought a rare bird, a swallow-tailed kite, to perch on a dead or dying conifer near Mattis and Windsor a few days ago.

Dozens of people from Chicago and farther have come to add the raptor to their "life list" of birds, since this is a raptor you would expect to see in Florida, not Illinois.

Savoy tables vote on landfill decree

SAVOY — Trustees have tabled the approval of a consent decree to settle the lawsuit between the Clinton Landfill, which is sited over the Mahomet Aquifer, and a coalition of local governments.

Landfill agreement approved

After hearing from the public for more than an hour Tuesday, the Champaign City Council approved a consent decree agreeing to the proposed settlement of a lawsuit the city and 13 other governmental entities filed against the Clinton Landfill.

Rose, Ammons back accord on Clinton Landfill

CHAMPAIGN — Two state legislators, including one who has been working to keep hazardous wastes out of the Clinton Landfill for close to a decade, are endorsing a proposed consent decree that settles a lawsuit filed by local governments against the landfill's owners.

AUDIO: Curtis Orchard a-buzz with bee research

Tucked away in a corner of Curtis Orchard in Savoy are a few hundred-thousand buzzing, honey-producing test subjects. Phillip Kisubika went among the honey bees and has this report.

Rob Kanter: Perspective on coyotes

When was the last time you saw a coyote? Such a question would have seemed ridiculous to most residents of East Central Illinois in the not-too-distant past. But in recent years these adaptable carnivores seem to have filled in every niche available in the landscape that we humans have developed.

Along came the spiders

URBANA — This has been a great summer for spiders, which freaks some people out, while others marvel at the intricacies of their webs.

"I have seen increased numbers of orb-weaving, funnel or sheet web, nursery web or grass, and wolf spiders this spring and summer," said University of Illinois Extension Entomologist Phil Nixon.

He added that they're not poisonous to humans.

Caution urged on new landfill consent decree

URBANA — Members of a DeWitt County citizens group that opposed disposal of hazardous waste at the Clinton Landfill urged the Champaign County Board on Thursday night not to rush into approval of a new consent decree regulating waste at the landfill.

Group wants governments to reject Clinton Landfill agreement

CLINTON — Local governments could vote as early as next month on an agreement placing new restrictions on the Clinton Landfill, and adding more environmental protections to the Mahomet Aquifer that lies beneath the landfill and which provides drinking water to much of central Illinois.