In this week's edition: A profile of Alex 'Always Outdoors' Lourash, natural areas manager at Allerton Park; an update on archery turkey hunting numbers; and a Grand Prairie Friends tree-planting event near Charleston.
We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day for a little trip. Last week, Michael said, “Mary, we don’t have time to take a vacation.” But my logic won my husband over: “We get an extra hour back for daylight-saving time.” Besides, Indianapolis is only a short jaunt, and we were headed for the zo…
Over the years, I’ve never written specifically about any overarching purpose for Environmental Almanac, trusting that I’ll either accomplish my aims or not whether I talk about them or not.
Mark David said his goal is to 'share travels and experiences through his pictures, hoping that others will develop the same appreciation and respect I have for the pure beauty of our planet.'
In this week's edition: The Prairie Rivers Network's 2019 River Steward; a report on this fall's shotgun turkey season; archery deer and fall turkey permits; and spring turkey applications.
The IEPA's David Saladino said 3 possible reasons he was given by the contractor for Saturday's long lines were that the heavy rain slowed things down; a number of people brought latex paint — though there were many advance warnings that it wouldn't be accepted; and several arrived with many boxes of items.
CHAMPAIGN — The latest in a long line of family photos was taken last week under the winding boughs of the Osage orange tree at Trevett-Finch Park.
In this week's edition: Results from the Illini Bass Club Classic; work on a railroad trestle that will be part of the Kickapoo Rail Trail; and a fall color hike in the Russell Duffin Woods Nature Preserve at Forest Glen Preserve.
Anita Purves was not a wealthy donor. She is a local legend. And the Urbana nature center named for her works to carry on her mission.
Modeling its program after a similar volunteer effort in Naperville, Champaign officials contend that it is 'the first municipality in central Illinois to offer an Adopt A Drain program to its residents.'
In this week's edition: Grand Prairie Friends' 22nd annual Rattlesnake Master Run for the Prairie at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana; cleanup efforts at Point Pleasant Restoration area at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve; a new-moon hike at Homer Lake Forest Preserve; and a deer harvest update.
Documents released by the district this week revealed that the Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district reduced the scope of excavation work this summer to 0.99 acres — just under the 1-acre threshold at which a permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is required.
As part of the Midwest Grows Green program through the Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America, Urbana was awarded $2,500 to help pay for a compost spreader that could be a boon to local recycling businesses and provide more natural landscaping management to the city.
In this week's edition: A Star Park at Kennekuk County Park in Vermilion County; a fundraiser for construction of another section of the Kickapoo Rail Trail; and the start of trout season.
According to an award from the Preservation and Conversation Association, the century-old structure was constructed of Indiana Bedford Limestone at the cost of about $14,000.
There’s a big focus on the city of Champaign in this week’s edition: the groundbreaking for a new downtown hotel, a new tenant for an old music venue, a street-lighting request, the bygone GoFundMe campaign for the now-demolished Burnham Mansion, an apartment building being razed, Elite Entertainment and an update on the Yards project.
Those looking to get rid of TVs, VCRs and other electronics Saturday have to call to get one of the final spots. Online registration for the hazardous-waste event is still open, with hundreds of spots available.
News-Gazette staff writer Adalberto Toledo asked five community members what topic they’d put down as priority No. 1 for city officials.
RIDGE FARM — One of a handful of local “community solar” projects selected in the Illinois Power Agency lottery earlier this year is moving forward with plans to begin construction next year in southern Vermilion County.
In this week's edition: A recap of the Urbana Park District's BioBlitz in Busey Woods; a preview of the Boy Scouts' Smilin’ Pumpkin Outdoor Sports Fest Camp at Robert Drake in Vermilion County; Sunday morning bird walks at the Anite Purves Nature Center in Urbana; and youth firearm deer-hunting permits.
Although the bright sunshine and warm days of the past week may make it tempting to think otherwise, the month of October promises dramatic changes for the natural world in central Illinois.
The lab on the third floor of the University of Illinois' Gies College of Business is one of the manufacturers being highlighted by the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. as part of this year’s manufacturing month.
Partridge pea, an annual native plant that frequents prairies, has special nectar glands outside its flowers that attract ants, which defend it against leaf herbivores and seed predators through aggressive, defensive behavior or by removing herbivore eggs directly from the plant.
Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the UI sophomore who serves as project manager of Stay Glassy, which recycles used glass bottles to create quality products that will benefit others.
In this week's edition: Illinois Natural History Survey entomologist Joe Spencer's experience with a monarch-butterfly flash mob and efforts to clean up the Sangamon River.