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A Natural Defense against Nature Deficit Disorder

We are so excited that Richard Louv is coming to Bernheim this Saturday, July 16, 2016. Louv is the author of the acclaimed book, Last Child in the Woods:Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, and other related books and articles. Many of our Bernheim Volunteer Naturalists will be on hand before, during, and after the lecture to share some of their passion […]

Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – Eastern Hemlock

Eastern Hemlock, Tsuga canadensis, is a graceful conifer of the southern Appalachians. With its lush evergreen foliage it is more than lovely, it is also ecologically significant. This is especially pertinent in mountain stream areas of its range, where hemlock trees play a dominant role in regulating water temperature, transpiration, and stream flow – all of […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Slow and Steady Does It

My year of writing this blog is ending. It’s been a wonderful journey, providing me the opportunity to slow down, pay attention, and share with you some of my discoveries on this one small wooded trail. If you have joined me on this journey, along the way we have witnessed the turning of the great wheel, […]

Trails from the Bent Twig Trail: The Cycle Continues

They’re back!  The spicebush butterflies have been laying their eggs on the spicebush, Lindera benzoin and sassafras trees Sassafras albidum on the Bent Twig Trail and elsewhere. Some of those eggs have hatched into small caterpillars. Nearly a year ago, I blogged about discovering these along this trail, so it seems fitting to find them again as […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: a Huggable Tree

On Saturday, Bernheim unofficially broke the world record for the most people hugging trees at the same time and place. It was a grand day! There is something so fitting about taking time to show some love and appreciation for all that trees add to our lives. Perhaps we owe our very lives to these […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Little Rustler

They used to fool me with all their rustling about in the undergrowth. Yes, I was convinced that some large animal, surely a mammal was busying away there under the bushes. But I’m on to these little rustlers now! The Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) is about the size of a robin, but when it’s hunting […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: The Sound of Music

For years, The Sound of Music was my favorite movie. The scenery, the singing and that jaw dropping flyover of the Austrian Alps as the movie opens still gives me goose bumps.  In all of that grandeur, a small bird intones a few notes that somehow sets the stage for Julie Andrews to come whirling into view. […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: More Blooming Stories

The saying that “you can’t cross the same river twice” is also true for a woodland trail. Each hike on the Bent Twig Trail is an encounter with a changing landscape.  This spring  the visible changes came on like a slow rumble that tumbled into an avalanche of electric green in a matter of weeks. The […]