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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 […]

Match Your Donation to Bernheim with Give Local Louisville

Bernheim is excited to join the upcoming Give Local Louisville effort, a great way to support our important mission “connecting people with nature”.  On this date, your impact will be enhanced through multiple matching gift offers. On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Community Foundation of Louisville will host the second Give Local Louisville.  This 24-hour, online “Give […]

Tales from Bent Twig Trail: Not All is Touchable

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 […]

Join us for BugFest and Fall Plant Sale

Bernheim will be abuzz for its annual BugFest and Fall Plant Sale this weekend on Saturday, September 19. Children can dance the buggy boogie, go on an insect safari, taste a chocolate-covered cricket and make a new six or eight-legged friend of their own. They can even don a bug costume and join in the […]

Welcome Fall at Earth Measure

What better way to welcome fall than under the stars at Bernheim? Join us for our first-ever Welcome Fall Overnight at Earth Measure this weekend from 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 until 7 a.m. on Sunday September 20. As the sizzling of summer gives way to the coolness of autumn, our Bernheim Volunteer Naturalists […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Learning to See

Learning to see involves knowing how and where to look. It requires developing a mental template, or the term I prefer, a searching image. I started to understand this concept decades ago while trying to find shark teeth on an island off the Georgia coast. Although this particular beach was known to have shark teeth […]

Tales from Bent Twig Trail: A Scent of Late Summer

Wild citronella, Collisonia canadensis has been capturing my eye on all of my recent hikes.  If you have been following my blog regularly, you may know that  I tend to scratch-and-sniff my way along the trail.  For this reason, I have been anticipating our wild citronella coming into bloom, and today was the day! Of […]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Hidden Jewels

  The natural world is full of hidden jewels, and late summer is a great time to seek out some specific ones along the Bent Twig Trail. Today, let’s explore patches of jewelweed, Impatiens capensis that skirt the wetter portions of this trail. At Bernheim, I often find jewelweed growing at the edge of the woods […]