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The Bugs of Bernheim: Bugs are Worthy of our Attention


Years ago, under the direction of my four year old niece Casie, I spent 45 minutes watching a fuzzy white caterpillar munching leaves.  We watched in amazement as leaf after leaf disappeared beneath the appetite of this tiny herbivore. With her dedication to the task, Casie reminded me that bug watching deserves time and attention. In my years as a … [Read more]

Bernheim has CONNECTed with RUX

Live Performances at Sunset Amphitheatre

Over the years, the annual CONNECT event has earned a special place in the hearts of the community as “that funky night around Lake Nevin where all kinds of weird stuff happens.”  This is the 8th year of the festival if you count that one year we had to shut things down mid stream because of a freak lightning storm.  It’s where nature, science and … [Read more]

Purple Martin Colonies at Bernheim: They’re Just Like Us


About a month ago, I joined Bernheim’s Volunteer Naturalists for a training on the purple martin colonies at Bernheim. It was led by Larry Melcher, the president of the Purple Martin Conservation Association, and the man who brought these wonderful birds to Bernheim. The training included details on how to identify the birds by sight and sound, … [Read more]

CONNECT at Bernheim is Almost Here


A few colored leaves are popping through the green trees, school buses are making their rounds up and down Highway 245, and tomatoes are growing in our Edible Garden, which means one thing - August has arrived, which means it's almost time for Bernheim's annual collision of art, science, nature, and music - CONNECT at Bernheim! Join us on … [Read more]

Olympics Fever at Isaac’s Café: Specials August 8-12

8-8-16 Sandwich Beans Special

I always find the summer Olympics exciting. Possibly because both of my children participated and competed in sports that are at the center of the Summer Games: swimming and gymnastics.  I have wonderful memories of cheering them both on from the sidelines with such pride.  In watching these athletes, I recognize that they all possess a winning … [Read more]

Meet the Plant: Daylilies

Daylily VC 6-11-15

Hemerocallis, most commonly known as the daylily, is sometimes considered the perfect perennial. Hemerocallis means “Beauty for a Day”, a fitting name since the bloom of the Daylily typically lasts a day’s time. This flower, of Asian descent, was only originally found in three different colors: red, orange, and yellow. Today, however, hybridizing … [Read more]