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Life and Death on the Bent Twig Trail

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Typically when we think of Spring, we think of new life . . . after all, the woods, fields, creeks and our own backyards are bustling and buzzing with the sights and sounds of this annual stirring. This is certainly true on the Bent Twig trail where I heard the shy ovenbirds loudly chant their love songs from low thickets, in hopes of starting a … [Read more]

Vanishing Acts: Kentucky Trees of Concern – Dogwood

What is your favorite native flowering tree? If you said flowering dogwood, you aren't alone. Flowering dogwoods, Cornus florida are favored by many people, as well as wildlife - providing beauty and ecological value to our landscapes. Flowering dogwood trees owe their showy beauty to special modified leaves known as bracts. These large white … [Read more]

Become a Member, Plant a Tree

Even though Bernheim treats every day like Earth Day, we wanted to add an additional celebration this year. If you haven't heard, Bernheim is celebrating trees throughout the spring in conjuntion with Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat, a traveling exhibit from the Morton Arboretum. The exhibit demonstrates the plight of trees and trees importance … [Read more]

Join in the Big Tree Hug Challenge

Bernheim is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for tree hugging, and you're invited to help. On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Bernheim will attempt to break the record for most people hugging trees at the same place at the same time. Dubbed the Bernheim Big Tree Hug Challenge, the Guinness World Record attempt will require at least 1,201 … [Read more]

Tales from the Bent Twig Trail: Stories that Restore

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"To restore any place, we must begin to re-story it, to make it the lesson of our legends, festivals, and seasonal rites. Story is the way we encode deep-seated values within our culture" Gary Paul Nabhan. In last week's post, I delighted in some of the spring wildflowers that are blooming on the Bent Twig trail, many of these would not be present … [Read more]

Earth Day Every Day: Isaac’s Café Specials April 18-22, 2016

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This week marks a very special milestone for the environmental movement.  April 22 is, as many of you know, Earth Day.  Senator Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, knew the importance of protecting and preserving our environment for future generations.  The grassroots movement that he began as a teach-in, became a groundswell of activism that … [Read more]