Invasive Species Awareness Week: Burning Bush

By: Mary Nell Murphy While driving on Hwy 12 near the Indiana Dunes parks last fall, I stopped at a wayside for a stretch break and looked across the road to a sea of watermelon pink under the forest canopy. Delightful? No! As I suspected, and as I confirmed “upon further review of the field” …

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Invasive Species Awareness Week: Oriental Bittersweet

By: Glenn Major As a child, our mother sent us out to collect Bittersweet vines. Their attractive fruit mixed with gourds from the garden made for a festive holiday decoration of table or mantle. Folks wove them into colorful Christmas wreaths and candle rings. There lies the problem; these attractive vines imported from Asia in …

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Drama on Damon Run: Mink Monitoring Part 3

This story is part of an ongoing wildlife monitoring project along a tributary of Salt Creek, Damon Run,  that meanders through Meadowbrook Nature Preserve. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 to catch up!   By: Jim Haniford Nothing prepared me for winter through the lens of the trail camera.  Once Sarah fine-tuned its sensitivity, …

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Hikers at Lydic Bog Nature Presreve

Winter Hiking? Sure!

Winter Hiking? Sure! By Evie Kirkwood Many avid warm weather hikers shun the chill of winter, but it’s a great time to be on the trails. If you’ve stayed away from winter hiking, wary of slippery or cold conditions, the right gear can improve the experience.

photo of fungus on tree trunk

Home Sweet Forest Home

By Glenn N. Major You can call them snags, nurse logs, stumps… Forestry folks call them “coarse woody debris”. Much of the life in our forests call them home.  Some of us this think they are natural modern art. They are so important to forest ecology. That is why we let them lay where they …

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Discovering a New Passion in The Great Marsh

By Dale Nichols Given the right growing conditions, the budding seed of curiosity can sometimes blossom into a wonderful new passion.  My name is Dale Nichols, and this is a story about a three-and-a-half-month journey of discovery involving my own curiosity with, well, seeds—more specifically the seeds of native plants growing in the Shirley Heinze …

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Group at Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve

Partnership Week 2020 – Community Partners

Nature is for EVERYONE, and on this final day of Partnership week, we are celebrating the many individuals, organizations, schools, corporations and government agencies who are helping to make local nature accessible, fun, and educational for ALL who visit and reside in northwestern Indiana. A very special thanks to our partners including Urban League of …

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Partnership Week 2020 – Land Conservation Partners

Our partners in land conservation include individuals and families, non-profits and private corporations, and federal, state, and local government agencies. They provide advice, expertise, and funding to help us preserve precious natural lands and waters here in northwestern Indiana. We recently protected another 50 acres of land within the Little Calumet River Conservation Area. The …

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