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.'
CATLIN — The Catlin Parade of Lights Committee is inviting organizations to participate in the community’s fourth annual parade. This year’s theme is “Christmas Vacation.”
A GoFundMe campaign to cover care for the puppy pulled out of Champaign's Kaufman Lake on Saturday surpassed its $5,000 goal in less than three days. The dog's rescuer, Bryant Fritz, said there will likely be additional medical care that those funds can help with.
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 work, which will add a spa and eight guest suites, comes after a $5 million renovation to the clubhouse five years ago and $2 million in general capital improvements over the last two years.
It will debut May 30 and feature an afternoon of recreational and athletic activities scattered throughout the village as well as an evening party at Willard Airport featuring a 5K run on a lighted runway.
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.
Park district Executive Director Joe DeLuce said the pool and associated locker rooms would have added another $3 million to the price tag, money that the district doesn’t have.
URBANA — The Urbana Park District’s efforts in supporting local art have earned it statewide recognition this year’s recipient of the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ Art in the Park award. The award, announced Wednesday, will be presented at a gala next week.
VILLA GROVE — The mayor of Villa Grove said a state grant announced Tuesday will allow the city to build a new community center on its south side.
Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the retired UI Geography Department staff cartographer and lecturer and latest winner of the Illinois Arts Legacy Award. He's had a long relationship with Japan House, whose gardens he designed, donated, and constructed and continues to maintain.
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.
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.
Project Manager Andy Rousseau said representatives from the Urbana Park District and participating engineering firms will be on hand to receive feedback and answer questions.
The complex — which will seek to draw traveling teams for competition from a 400-mile radius, as well as be open to local youth and adult players — is expected to greatly energize economic development in the northern Champaign County community.
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.
DANVILLE — The Soul Garden Recovery Center is hosting its second annual Pumpkin Festival to raise money for programming that supports people in recovery and their families.
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.
In Birdland, we sit on the porch in the gentle drizzle. The roof keeps us from getting wet, but the chickens don’t seem to mind the rain, continuing their slow meander through the yard, digging and pecking.