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Spring Wildflowers Blooming

Hepatica

Spring wildflowers are beginning to bloom in Bernheim Forest. Hepatica (pictured), toothworts, anenomes, and bloodroots are all blooming in some locations. Come hike a trail and see what is shaping up to be a spectacular wildflower season over the next month! We’ll probably peak sometime in mid-April.

Bobcat tracks in the snow

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Winter is a great time for investigating wildlife. Snowfall allows for tracking of bobcats and coyotes, providing insight into their travels through the forest. We tracked this bobcat for over a mile as he crossed frozen streams, walked along logs, and rested under a fallen tree. The bobcat finally eluded our pursuit in a briar […]

Garlic mustard season in full swing

Natural areas crew in a patch of garlic mustard.

Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an invasive plant found along stream sides and flood plains in Bernheim Forest. Ongoing efforts by the Natural Areas crew to stop the spread of this plant are making  a difference. This species quickly out competes native spring wildflowers and alters forest understory dynamics. The goal is to keep this […]

Bobolink migrates through Bernheim

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A bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) stopped in a grassland in Bernheim arboretum on its way to northern breeding grounds. This species is migrating through Kentucky on the way back from its South American wintering grounds..

New species of butterfly for Bernheim Forest

Photograph by D. Daniel Boone, Maryland DNR

The Olympia marble (Euchloe olympia) was discovered by Kelly Vowels in the Wilson Creek valley. This butterfly is rare in Kentucky, and emerges in April to feed on plants  in the mustard family. This little gem is another addition to our ongoing investigation into Bernheim’s biodiversity.