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The Sage, Wisdom from the Edible Garden, March 23

I try to start every morning with a slow, calm, meditative walk through the Edible Garden. Slowing down my steps to match my breath allows me to deeply connect with the flow of the garden. While “flowing,”’ I try to place my attention completely on the environment and my place in the natural cycle of […]

American Woodcocks are Nesting at Bernheim

It’s spring, and that means nesting birds. American Woodcocks have already been found nesting along the Wilson Creek Valley at Bernheim. Females make a shallow depression in leaves and twigs on the ground in young forests. Males do not play any role in the nesting and care of the young. American Woodcocks can lay four […]

A Tale of Two Orchids: Puttyroot and Cranefly

Puttyroot Orchids (Aplectrum hyemale) is a beautiful orchids that develops a single leaf in the fall which persists through the winter until late spring when it begins to flower. It is one of our more common orchids, but by no means does that mean it is abundant. It is found in higher quality habitats and seems […]

Mourning Cloaks Have Returned

With the warmer weather we have been experiencing this week, mourning cloaks and other butterflies have been seen flying around Bernheim Forest. Mourning cloaks are one of many butterfly species that overwinter, or live through the winter, as adults. They are usually one of the first butterflies seen each year, in addition to Question Mark and Comma […]

Harper Bernheim Is Back!

We were thrilled, but not surprised, to find that Harper Bernheim, the Golden Eagle is back in his winter habitat in Bernheim Forest for the third consecutive year. Motion detecting cameras were able to photograph Harper and identify him by his leg band. It was early 2015 when we tagged Harper and tracked his migration […]

The Wood Frog, a Frog for All Seasons

With the milder weather this year, wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus) have been heard calling on warm, wet days here at Bernheim Forest. Wood frog eggs have also been found in many of the ponds in the forest. Adult wood frogs live in woodlands and breed in vernal ponds (temporary wetlands that fill from snow or […]

Squirrels in Winter

Winter is a great time to do one of my favorite things, squirrel watching. Bernheim Forest is home to three species of tree squirrels. Everyone knows the bird feed stealing gray squirrel, Scirurus carolinensis. It is seen in many city parks and suburbs, but it can also be found in the mature woods found here […]

Frost Flowers Are Nature’s Winter Surprise

One of my favorite things about early winter is frost ribbons, or ice flowers. Frost ribbons are thin ribbons of ice that form at the base of White Wingstem and other flowers on cold nights when the sky is clear. They can range in height from 6 inches to 24 inches, and are usually more […]