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Nature’s Notebook: Is Bernheim an Old Growth Forest?

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While talking with Bernheim visitors in the fire tower, the most surprising piece of information for many is that the forest we see did not exist before Isaac Bernheim purchased the land in 1929.  The forest that existed before the arrival of settlers from the east had been gone at that time for well over one hundred years.  The story of how that … [Read more]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Barklice

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While walking through the woods this fall, you might encounter a cluster of insects with black and yellow stripped abdomen on smooth bark trees. This is Cerastipsocus venosus, or barklice, which will form clusters on smooth bark trees such as maples and beeches. They are beneficial insects and are considered recyclers of the forests. They will feed … [Read more]

The Bugs of Bernheim: Caterpillar Hunter

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Fall is a great time to go hunting for insects in the woods. You might also find another hunter, the Caterpillar Hunter (Calosoma scrutator). The Caterpillar Hunter is a beautiful green beetle that can be found in open areas near forests. They are normally nocturnal, but are attracted to light, and can be seen scuttling along the ground around … [Read more]

So Long, Summer: Isaac’s Café Specials September 19-23

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I don’t know about you but to me, summer went way too fast!  This week, on September 22nd, we celebrate the autumnal equinox.  The word equinox is sometimes used to mean a day in which the duration of light and darkness are equal.  I see it as the day we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall.  So before you start sipping on your pumpkin spice … [Read more]

What a Day! Give Local Louisville a Big Success for Bernheim

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Bernheim was honored to participate in this year's Give Local Louisville, the biggest day of online giving for the Louisville Community. The money raised for the 600 participating non-profit organizations is eligible for prize money from the Community Foundation of Louisville, the host of the online event. Bernheim is ecstatic to have raised … [Read more]

Get Buggy at Bernheim’s Annual BugFest and Fall Plant Sale!

Bernheim will be abuzz this Saturday, Sept. 17 at our annual BugFest and Fall Plant Sale. Join in on the fun from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. as we celebrate insects and their relatives while also showcasing a variety of plants for purchase. BugFest welcomes families to meet multi-legged creatures, go on insect safaris and taste chocolate-covered crickets. … [Read more]