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Easily Overlooked, The Rough Green Snake

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Rough green snakes (Opheodrys aestivus) are beautiful slender, green snakes that are easily overlooked.  They are probably the most arboreal (most likely to live in trees) of the snakes found in our region, spending most of their time above ground hunting for spiders, insects, and other invertebrates.  When encountered they often freeze, relying on … [Read more]

Let’s Play Ball!

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It is October and many of us are looking forward to the World Series, the annual baseball championship that has been held since 1903. I suspect that very few visitors to Bernheim Forest are aware of the connection between the Bernheim family and the founding of this event. Possibly you think the connection would be with the ash and maple trees, the … [Read more]

Nature’s Notebook: Salt vs. The Forest

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Salt has been of immense importance throughout the history of civilization. This was certainly true in this area and the history of salt production is an essential part of the story of Bernheim Forest. The importance of salt to the early settlers lay primarily in its use in food preservation. With no source of refrigeration in those years, salt … [Read more]

Time for Color FEAST at Isaac’s Café: Specials, October 17-21

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I  hope you were able to come out to Bernheim for ColorFest this past weekend.  Lots of family fun, food and fall festivities with something for everyone.  We were greeted each morning with beautiful weather and sent on our way each evening with a glorious harvest moon. Well, ColorFest may be over but at Isaac's Cafe this week, Color Feast is … [Read more]

Fall’s Overlooked Flower: The Blue Curl

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An easily overlooked flower, Blue Curls (Trichostema dichotomum) occur in glades and other rocky, exposed areas. It is not found in very many locations here at Bernheim, so it is a nice surprise when it is found. It is easily identified by the long, arching  stamens that hang down from the top of the flower.  It is an annual that is found in the … [Read more]

And The Black Bear’s Name Is . . . .

BERNIE! Thanks to all who voted! With 56% of the vote, our Black Bear will now be called Bernie. We welcome Bernie to the Bernheim community and look forward to more sightings.   If you're hiking at Bernheim, and you're lucky enough to spot him, feel free to try and take a photo, but please do not approach him. He is not likely to try … [Read more]