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Update: Douglas Creek Project Moving Along

Posted by Bethany Semancik -

The Douglas Creek project in Meadowbrook Park is about three-quarters finished, and already water is flowing more freely and crayfish, frogs, bluebirds and deer are taking advantage of newly created habitat. Caitlin Lill, project manager for the Urbana Park District, said the $180,000 renovation progressed rapidly this summer and fall. Invasive trees and brush that choked the stream wer...

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UPDATE: SANDHILL CRANES STILL NESTING IN COUNTY

Posted by Diane Wilhite -

A pair of Sandhill Cranes nested in Champaign County again in 2015 and hatched two more babies, according to wildlife photographer Brian Stearns, who first spotted the pair in the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve in 2010. Subsequent observations by Stearns, his wife Susan, and others have confirmed that the birds are reproducing here, not just migrating through. Before 2010, Sandhill C...

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