Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) are resident at Bernheim during the winter. Our population has expanded greatly as we have added nest boxes. We will be keeping an eye out for first eggs sometime in April.
These sheds, soon to be used for education in the new Edible Garden, were donated by LG&E where they were once used as smoking huts. Stay tuned for how these get landscaped as part of the garden effort this coming spring. Donated building materials such as these sheds reduce the overall environmental footprint of the [...]
National Environmental Education Week provided this list of “top rated apps” suggested for educators that teach in the outdoors. I haven’t checked any of them out but I plan on downloading the Nature Notebook app today because of my interest in phenology. I’ll report back with my own opinion once I’ve had a chance to [...]
The initial earthwork for the Edible Garden pond and wetland is nearing completion. We are aiming for an on-site ecological water system that collects, stores, uses, cleans and returns to the environment 100% of the gardens’ water needs. In shorthand that is “net zero water“. Since water is such a precious resource it only [...]
Fall is a great time of year to get outside and play. As the weather gets cooler the fall colors start popping and you don’t have as many insects to deal with. Here’s a great article on the value of outdoor play by David Elkind, a professor of child development at Tufts University. dpi.wi.gov/ccic/pdf/weekly_articles/values_outdoor_play.pdf