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Celebrating the Chinese New Year: Isaac’s Café Specials, January 30-February 3

1-30-17 Chick Salad Croissant

Most of us think of the New Year starting on January 1st.  We celebrate with fireworks, special foods to bring good luck, and resolutions.  By now, many of those resolutions may have fizzled out.  You may have noticed the gym is not as crowded and forbidden foods have found their way back into your pantry and unfortunately, back on to your … [Read more]

Squirrels in Winter

Fox Squirrel

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 at Bernheim. The other two species of … [Read more]

Newly Scheduled: Volunteer Naturalist Orientation

If you missed last Saturday's Volunteer Naturalist Orientation, there's still an opportunity for you to get involved. I've added a second orientation, scheduled for Saturday, January 28 from 1 - 3 p.m. Call me at (502) 955-8512 or Email me if you would like more information or wish to register. Bernheim’s dedicated Volunteer Naturalists help … [Read more]

A Taste of the Forest: Isaac’s Café Specials, January 23-27

1-23-17 Special Soup Sandwich

I recently heard an NPR TED talk regarding our five senses (you may have heard it as well). Nicole Garneau, argued that there are more than the five categories of taste we were taught in school, (bitter, sweet, sour, salty and my personal favorite, umami).  Her research brought her to the conclusion that fat should be included as a category.  As … [Read more]

Natures Notebook: The Leaf That Refuses to Fall

A marcescent oak

This time of year I like to take a leisurely hike through the woods whenever the weather permits.  I find the forest to be uniquely beautiful and peaceful.  The pace of many of the animals has slowed, the wildflowers have stopped producing their bouquets, and the leaves have fallen from the trees. Except, some haven't.  They are still hanging on. … [Read more]

Become a Bernheim Volunteer Naturalist

Bernheim’s dedicated Volunteer Naturalists help people of all ages understand and connect with the natural world in a way that fosters deep emotional and intellectual connections. This tight-knit community of volunteers offers the chance to not just share knowledge with Bernheim visitors, but also to learn from each other and Bernheim’s expert … [Read more]