An oak-hickory woodland behind the school becomes an outdoors classroom for students in Chatham, Illinois. Local conservation groups volunteer to lead 350 fourth-graders on nature walks the week of May 2-6, 2011.
Vern Kleen has followed in the footsteps of famous naturalists John James Audubon and Aldo Leopold for more than 50 years. But sometime this weekend, by one way of measuring, he’ll surpass both scientists: Kleen will band his 100,000th bird. STORY & COMMENTS
The Ogle County Board voted Tuesday to put a referendum on the April 9 ballot that asks whether the state should pass laws that allow for concealed carry. The county passed a similar referendum in 2008. STORY & COMMENTS
Dane Simmons, 25, was hiking with two other men on Saturday when they veered off a trail and into a restricted area. Simmons slipped and fell between 25 and 40 feet into the Illinois River. STORY & COMMENTS