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Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: More Barking

In my post last week I wrote about several of the trees that you can easily identify on the Bent Twig Trail by their bark.  However, I forgot to include one of the most common on this trail: the Amercian Beech, Fagus grandifolia. Often growing in association with maple trees, our native beech trees have […]

Camera Trapping at Bernheim

A camera trap is a remotely activated camera that is equipped with a motion sensor or an infrared sensor, or uses a light beam as a trigger. Bernheim has used these cameras for the past eight years as a way to observe our wildlife. Our dedicated natural areas crew works year-round to place and monitor these motion […]

Hornbeams Planted at Earth Measure

Bernheim’s Arboretum recently acquired 11 new European hornbeams. The horticulture crew planted the new trees along the path leading to Earth Measure creating a tree-lined corridor. ‘Fastigiata’ European hornbeam, the most common cultivar sold, grows 30 to 40 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide. Instead of a large central trunk, the hornbeam fans […]

The Bent Twig Trail: Barking in the Woods

Bernheim seems suspended between winter and spring, and the trees along the Bent Twig Trail are holding next year’s  crop of leaves and flowers in tightly clinched winter buds. In a few weeks these buds will start visibly swelling and become star performers in spring’s visual pageantry, promising to open a bit each day in […]

We’ll Always Have Isaac’s. Café Specials: February 8-12, 2016

Love is in the air at Bernheim or perhaps that’s just the smell of heart-warming soup coming from Isaac’s Café.  What better way, this Valentine week, to show your loved one just how special they are than by bringing them to Bernheim for a romantic winter hike on one of our 40 miles of trails?  If […]

#10WaysTuesday: Air

We all want to be good environmental stewards and treat our environment with care, but we may not know the best ways to do so. That’s where #10WaysTuesday comes in. Throughout the last ten weeks, Bernheim’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @bernheimforest) has featured a way to help the air, from riding public transportation to […]

Find Your Connection: Isaac’s Café Specials, February 1-5, 2016

February marks a progressive momentum of seasonal changes and provides a reminder that Spring is not far.  In ancient Celtic thought, trees offer magnificent wisdom and open up new branches of understanding about everything, including phases of the year. According to the ancient Druidic Ogham (Celtic meaning of trees), the ash tree is a transitional […]

Tundra Swans Spotted on Lake Nevin

Since early January, the large flocks of Canada geese on Lake Nevin have some new friends – tundra swans. Tundra swans breed in the remote arctic of North America. They are most common swans in North America, but are not commonly seen in Kentucky. They are rare site at Bernheim. They normally spend the winter on […]