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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

April 3 – Two years apart

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The following two pictures were taken of the Japanese pagoda tree just inside the Bernheim entrance. The first picture was taken on April 3 2012 and the second picture was taken on April 3 2013.

Beech Watch


Winter is a great time to look for the beech trees in the forest ecology.  Since the American beech (Fagus grandifolia) holds onto its’ leaves until the spring, you can really see how important they are in sections of the forest.  Their tan leaves and serrated leaf edges are easy to spot.

Resident Bluebird 1-4-13

1-4-13 Bluebird

Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) are resident at Bernheim during the winter.  Our population has expanded greatly as we have added nest boxes.  We will be keeping an eye out for first eggs sometime in April.

Exactly 24 Hours

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              These photos were taken exactly 24 hours apart at 8:28:15 on 1-3-13 and 1-4-14.  I was attempting to see if I could perceive a difference in the position of the sun across two days.  In the end the cloud cover seemed to make the biggest difference but I […]

Nature Apps for Educators

Suggested Apps from National Environmental Education Week

National Environmental Education Week provided this list of “top rated apps” suggested for educators that teach in the outdoors.  I haven’t checked any of them out but I plan on downloading the Nature Notebook app today because of my interest in phenology.  I’ll report back with my own opinion once I’ve had a chance to […]

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