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Walnut Preparing for Winter

2014-9-12

This year has been an amazing “mast” year.  Mast is a term biologists give to hard nuts and fleshy fruits that are produced in differing abundance from year to year.  Here are two photos of a lone walnut that sits just outside of the big prairie as it drops its leaves and nuts in preparation […]

Spring Sprang 3-20-14 at 12:57 pm

American elm 3-20-14

It’s a beautiful first day of spring here at Bernheim and the chatter among staff, volunteers and visitors is focused on how ready we all for it to be here. And as evidence here’s a few photos. This first photo is of the first observed bloom on the Magnolia kobus var. ‘stellata’ at the Bernheim […]

Each Spring On Its Own Terms – Phenology Report

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Each year at this time, talk turns to the signs of spring.  Mostly our chatter is tinged with impatience, and rightly so.  We are tired of winter and ready for the weather to turn to warmer thoughts and longer days.  But let’s put things into a bit of historical perspective; short term historical perspective.  Below […]

The Blooming V’s

doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum tomentosum) 5-6-13

The Viburnums and the Vacciniums are putting on a show at Bernheim at the moment. The Chinese snowball vaccinium pictured below can be found on the Two Ponds Loop trail and the doublefile viburnum can be viewed near the crosswalk from Holly Pond over to Mac’s Lake. Both are worth taking a moment to enjoy.

Better Late than Never

Redbud - Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

Both the crabapples and the redbuds are in the early stages of popping out at Bernheim over the next several days and weeks. If you like pinks and purples now would be a great time to consider a visit.

Bluebird Nest – Five Eggs

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Bernheim has been tracking the bluebird nest activity in a nest outside the Education Center for the past three years. As of 4-11-13 there are five eggs in the nest. We will track the nest activity and provide an update to this post once the young hatch and then fledge.

Red oak – 2012 vs 2013

April 9, 2013

These photos are of a red oak taken on the same day one year apart. April 9th, 2012 and 2013. The truck in the background of the 2013 picture belongs to sculptor Matt Weir. His sculpture Earth Measure, a memorial sculpture in honor of Barry Bingham Jr., is being installed today.

Ohio buckeye – bud burst day

April 8, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

The following pictures were taken of buds on an Ohio buckeye (specimen number 1960-0016-05) as they opened on 4-8 and 4-9, 2013. We have similar pictures from 2011 and 2012. Here’s the dates for each of the three years: 2011 – March 21st 2012 – March 12th 2013 – April 8th