Bernheim takes turtle conservation seriously! Turtles have begun to venture out and find nesting sites. Typically, turtles like this one nest in areas that have loose soil and are near streams or ponds. Please be cautious and respectful of turtles crossing roads as they follow their natural instincts to find these nesting areas.
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.
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 (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 […]