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Garlic Mustard Removal Report 2017

Part of Bernheim’s vision is to be ecological stewards. Part of that stewardship and conservation effort is to keep our forest healthy and pristine. In our land management efforts, we place a strong emphasis on removing invasive species, which are non-native plants that can cause damage to the ecosystem they inhabit. Bernheim has removed garlic […]

Bernheim Receives a Monarch Watch Grant to Plant Milkweed

Bernheim Forest was recently awarded a grant from Monarch Watch to plant milkweeds in the Big Prairie to enhance the already excellent habitat for monarch butterflies. The monarch population has declined in the last few years due to loss of milkweeds due to the use of herbicide resistant crops, climate change, and loss of habitat on […]

You Say Crawfish; We Say Crayfish

Anyone who lives in Kentucky has probably seen the volcano mounds of dirt that are created by crayfish. Crayfish are also called crawdads and crawfish, and belong to the order Decapoda. Crayfish are found in lakes, caves, streams, rivers, wetlands, and other freshwater habitats throughout Kentucky. There are over 50 species of crayfish found in […]

Why Do Male & Female Scarlet Tanagers Sing?

Spring is a great time to see many of Bernheim’s colorful birds like the Scarlet Tanager. Male Scarlet Tanagers are beautiful bright red birds that are very difficult to see, since they spend most of their time in the forest canopy singing. Females are even harder to find, because they are a pale yellow and will […]

A New Wasp Species at Bernheim (and yes, we’re excited about it)

We are thrilled that we just found a wasp species that has never been recorded at Bernheim Forest – the Megarhyssa atrata. It is a common parasitic species that is found in deciduous forests. They require a host for their larvae to make it to adulthood. The female giant ichneumon wasp has one of the […]

Rare Butterfly Sighting at Bernheim

The beautiful Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes aesculapius) was seen again here at Bernheim Forest.  It is a rare butterfly that lays its eggs on river cane (Arundinaria gigantea), which are found along creeks. Historically large areas of river cane called canebrakes were found throughout the southeast. These canebrakes have declined in the past decades, and many […]

It’s Pawpaw Blooming Time

Asimina triloba, or Pawpaw, are blooming here at Bernheim Forest. Pawpaw is a small shrub that grows in the understory of mesic forest and small woodland openings. It can grow between 10 to 20 feet, or sometimes as high as 30 feet. It blooms in spring from April to May, and will produce fruit in […]

Removing Garlic Mustard, an Invasive Species

Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolate) is an invasive species that Bernheim has removes from the Wilson Creek valley and other isolated places. It is native to Europe and is very difficult to get rid of once it establishes itself in an area. It displaces native and desired plants in a short amount of time, and one plant […]