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Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Spicing it up.

spicebush leaves

There is nothing like a walk in the woods to remind us "there's more to life than meets the eye." The sense of smell is particularly good at conjuring up layers of experience and emotions. Dianne Ackerman, author of A Natural History of the Senses, explains that our sense of smell developed from the oldest part of our brain, the olfactory lobe. She … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Bridging the Gap

trail and bridge

 I'm thinking about bridges today, perhaps because Bent Twig Trail  has several of them. Each one spanning the ephemeral creek that snakes its way in this small forest fragment. In my role as the Interpretive Programs Manager for Bernheim, I have the great fortune not only of working in a beautiful place, but I also have the privilege of sharing … [Read more]

Is Forest Restoration the New Frontier?

A fist full of Stilt Grass

Is forest restoration the new frontier? If you ask any of the stewards painstakingly removing harmful invasive species from our beautiful, diverse ecosystems here at Bernheim, the answer is yes. Invasive species aren't an established contributor in our local environs, meaning that our native species may not be adapted to make use of them or be … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: A Meditative Morning

morning ligth

"Mornings are my favorite time of day, but it's a shame they only last til noon," my friend Joyce Fry announced a few years ago during a shared morning hike. Being one of the lucky ones who sleeps soundly and wakes up early, refreshed by the mysterious and restorative  power of a good night's rest, I find myself repeating her words often. Morning … [Read more]

A Morning at the Quail Barn

Bob White Quail chick

As some may know, Bernheim is working on a quail restoration project to reintroduce quail into natural areas of Kentucky. Although quail are not officially considered threatened or endangered, the population of this bird has rapidly declined in the area due to destruction of its natural habitat. For the past 5 years, Ronnie Moore, Natural Areas … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail

beech leaves9)

While beech trees (Fagus grandifolia) are often prominent shade tolerant trees found in moist hardwood sections of Bernheim, they seem to be proliferating even in some dried upland areas of the forest these days. Beech trees are easy to identify by their gray bark, which is usually silky smooth but occasionally very wrinkled to resemble an … [Read more]