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Fall Color Report – October 14, 2015

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Pictured above: sugar maple – Acer saccharumlo  (location: just past front entrance kiosk to right as you are headed into Bernheim) Color will begin to increase quickly after the expected frost this week. Interior forests are still largely green, while lowlands and edges are well into change (the Sugar Maple above is on the forest […]

Fall Color Report – October 2, 2015

Vines of Poison Ivy turn red around trees.

Fall color is arriving at Bernheim Forest. Abundant rainfall earlier this year and the recent dry conditions mean we can expect vivid color in interior forests, while some plants along the forest edges have already begun to drop their leaves. Some of the highlights this week include dogwoods turning crimson, sugar and red maples turning orange […]

Walnut Preparing for Winter


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.