Makanda

A rare and never before seen total eclipse of the sunflower unfolded last Saturday morning. These exclusive images captured the phenomonomonomon, which likely will never be seen again...Photoshop truly is a wonderful toy...um...tool...
The morning commute on Wednesday, August 16, along old U.S. Route 51 between Cobden and metropolitan Anna was blessedly quiet, uneventful and almost free of any other traffic. On the journey to start another day of adventures at The Paragraph Factory, I couldn't help but think about what the...
Due to anticipated large crowds associated with the solar eclipse at Giant City State Park near Makanda, the park’s horse trails will be closed on Aug. 19-21.  Trail of Tears State Forest: The horse trails at the Trail of Tears State Forest in Union County will remain open and will serve as an...
Opportunities will be available at Giant City State Park near Makanda to view the total solar eclipse which will happen on Aug. 21. Park officials have released the following information about the eclipse: Viewing opportunities will be available from a variety of parking lots and designated viewing...
One of the displays at the visitors center at Giant City State Park features animals which can be found in the woods in our neck of the woods. The bobcat is one of those critters. So is Bob the Cat. I'm pretty sure that Bob the Cat could give a bobcat a run for its money.
A few casual observations before we get started on the good stuff... ...last week, it was so hot that I saw a chicken basting itself... ...speaking of chickens, they were laying eggs that were already hard boiled... ...dragonflies were getting so hot that they were turning into fire flies... ...we...
Giant City Park in Makanda has planned a look into the world of local noctural creatures on Saturday, July 27, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Beverly Sofstall from Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is set to bring animals to the park for the program. The program is set to take place at Shelter 5 (...
The cover of “Supermax Prison: Controlling the Most Dangerous Criminals.”
Four years have passed since the Tamms Correctional Center shut down, but its story isn’t over.  That is according to Larry Franklin, co-author of “Supermax Prison: Controlling the Most Dangerous Criminals,” which tells the story of the Tamms supermax and its legacy. The top-level security prison...
On Thursday, June 29, representatives of a number of emergency service organizations in Union County came together to devise a plan for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse and providing their services to all of the visitors expected to appear for the event. Transport and housing of patients and...
A full moon hike is planned Saturday, July 8, at Giant City State Park near Makanda. The hike is scheduled from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The park’s natural resources coordinator will lead the hike, which will be on the 1-mile Nature Trail at Giant City. For more information or to register for the hike...
Wild plants and nature will be the focus of programs which are scheduled Saturday, May 27, at Giant City State Park near Makanda. Wild Plants Wild plants of Giant City will be featured in a program which is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The program will be presented by botanist and plant...
Butterfly monitor training is scheduled Saturday, April 1, at Giant City State Park near Makanda. The program is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network is scheduled to present the workshop. The training is slated to include an introduction to the program, how to...

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