Spring Benefit Celebrates 40 Years of Land Conservation

Shirley Heinze Land Trust recently held its 40th Anniversary Spring Benefit. The week-long event was presented from May 24 through May 29, 2021, with daily video stories that celebrated the organization’s achievements and highlighted exciting new initiatives to promote climate resiliency, establish conservation destinations at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve in Valparaiso and Lydick Bog Nature Preserve …

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Close Up of Glass Lizard's Head

The Secretive Legless Lizard

By Evan Kaiafas The sand prairie regions of Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois are filled with an incredible diversity of reptiles and amphibians. Many of these species are what I like to call “sand specialists” because, through evolution, they have become perfectly equipped to deal with the unique conditions of a sand prairie ecosystem. These …

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Mink Monitoring Part 5: Earth Day Edition

By: Jim Haniford Well, here we are, a little over five months into Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s trail cam monitoring project at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve.  We’re marking Earth Day on the west branch of the tributary of Salt Creek, a waterway that rambles carelessly through the bottomlands of the ancient moraine.  The occasion is attended …

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