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Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Woodcocks

American woodcock

I'm delighted to report that American Woodcocks, Scolopax minor have returned to Bernheim, and are looking for love. Two weeks ago, my sister, Kathy, and I spotted one in the grassy area near the front gate. Last week I saw one on Bent Twig Trail and followed it for a bit into the heavy brush. Its movements on the ground appear  more like a bobbing … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Appreciating Trees as Harbingers of Spring


  You don't have to wait for the early wildflowers to carpet the woodlands, or the crocuses and daffodils to bloom in your yard; you only have to watch the tips of some of our native trees to know when spring is well on its way. Red maple, Acer rubrum, provides an early hint, showing red winter buds that swell before opening. As they … [Read more]

Tales from Bent Twig Trail: Water Matters

Ephemera creek

The ephemeral creek that runs through portions of the Bent Twig Trail is full of water following the recent rains. The presence of water in this creek is often an indication that spring is around the corner.  Although I didn't hear the wood frogs that are already adding their duck like squawking to some parts of Bernheim, I did take a few minutes … [Read more]

So Many Ways to Enjoy Bernheim’s Beauty: Isaac’s Café Specials February 22-26, 2016

I hope that you were among the thousands of folks who came out to Bernheim this past Saturday.  Perhaps it was the 70° weather and sunshine that made you instantly think of heading to Bernheim or maybe it was the need for exercise after using the chill of winter as an excuse to stay on the couch.  Maybe you knew you would find what you were looking … [Read more]

New Exhibit to Shine Light on Endangered Trees


Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is bringing the plight of trees to the public’s attention with a new traveling exhibit from The Morton Arboretum, Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat. The exhibit opens at Bernheim on March 15 and runs through July 5. The exhibit will be set up in and around the Two Ponds Loop trail behind the Visitor … [Read more]

Cure Cabin Fever at Bernheim

Are you sick of being stuck inside of the house this winter? Then come on out to Bernheim this weekend and enjoy a couple days of spring weather! Forecasters are predicting temperatures will rise to the mid and upper 60s, just in time for a handful of fun-filled nature programs. Here are just a few ways to spend your time at Bernheim this … [Read more]