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Tales from Bent Twig Trail: Intertwined


The natural world has always been a source of comfort and encouragement, a place to lose myself and find myself. Today, the Bent Twig Trail provided comfort and inspiration. Everywhere I looked I saw evidence of the dance of life and interconnections — the tread-like hyphae of mushrooms, the numerous vines intertwined on trees, the […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: The Times They are a Changing!

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We’ve just set our clocks back, but nature keeps her own time. It’s easy to read that her clock is ticking towards winter. Most of the deciduous trees on the Bent Twig Trail were decked out in autumn colors just last week, but many of these same trees have lost most of their leaves within the […]

Sunday Nature Hike

Joe Rogers

  Join Bernheim Volunteer Naturalist, Joe Rogers at 2:00 this coming Sunday, November 1 (and the first Sunday of every month) for an engaging 45 – 60 minute interpretive nature hike. Don’t forget to set your clocks back, and meet Joe at the Visitor Center. No reservation needed. No fee for members, but $5 environmental […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Admiring a Red Beauty

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  The trees on the Bent Twig Trail are wearing their autumn finery, and none were more striking on today’s walk than this lovely red maple, Acer rubrum, visible along the edge of the trail near our “Art Barn”. Red maples have a reputation for being prolific. Perhaps this is in part because they produce and abundance […]

Tales from Bent Twig Trail: Why Names Matter

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Wherever I am, the landscape speaks to me. I find familiar friends among the plants and animals I encounter. This week’s walk on the Bent Twig Trail was no exception. I was greeted by chickadees flitting about in the understory of spicebush trees and a pair of wrens scolding me from the branches of a […]

Trails from the Bent Twig Trail: National History and Medical Mystery

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This angelic looking wildflower may have shaped our history as a nation. White snakeroot, Ageratina altissima (formally Eupatorium rugosum) is common along the Bent Twig Trail and is in full bloom right now. This perennial wildflower is viewed by most authorities as the likely culprit in the mysterious illness known as milk sickness, which led to […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Spicebush Larva Update


The Bent Twig Trail is changing with the season. Signs of it are everywhere! The forest floor is already splashed with colorful leaves. There is that wonderful slant of light with its long shadows that adds mystery to the landscape and the mornings are cool enough for an extra layer. Just two weeks ago, I […]

Tales from Bent Twig Trail: Not All is Touchable

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It’s often been said that the more you know, the more you realize you don’t know; and just how much there is to learn. It does seem that the more I dig in and try to learn about the natural world, the more it appears that I’m just scratching the surface. But ah, isn’t it […]