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…

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In this week's entry in our recurring photo series, News-Gazette staff writer Paul Wood takes a look back at the changing of the season in East Central Illinois.

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.