photo of Brad Bumgardner withbinoculars at Walner Nature Presreve in Chesterton

First Shirley Heinze Land Trust Bird Count with Indiana Audubon Society

By Terry Bonace On a crisp and clear September 19 morning, a group of skilled birders spread out to visit sixteen Shirley Heinze Land Trust nature preserves across northwestern Indiana. From Lake County to St. Joseph County, they were out looking for migratory birds on one of our peak fall migration days. The knowledge of …

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Photo of Rick Goltowski Granger Community Church

2020 Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Gardening Recognitions

The tenth season of our Bringing Nature Home Program was not to be deterred by a pandemic. The ability to spend time outdoors, tending to gardens and landscapes has become a great source of respite for many, and the applications came in. Plantings ranged from small city gardens to multi-acre rural landscapes. While we were …

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White Lady’s Slipper Orchid

A Quest for Aphrodite’s Slippers in Northwest Indiana

By Rich Hawksworth Earlier this year I committed to locating the six species of lady’s slipper orchids native to Northwest Indiana. These alluring wildflowers are members of the genus Cypripedium. The name, which is derived from Ancient Greek, is an early reference in mythology to Aphrodite, meaning “sandal” or “slipper.” Like their namesake goddess, lady’s …

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Warren Buckler in his garden

On the 10th Season of our “Bringing Nature Home” Program, a Look Back – and Forward.

By Warren Buckler    When Peg Mohar and I embarked on our Bringing Nature Home project ten years ago, in part as a way for older members to remain active, we had no idea what response we’d get from the gardening public. Our goal, inspired by Doug Tallamy’s book “Bringing Nature Home,” was to recognize …

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Online Spring Benefit Success!

We are pleased and humbled to report that our first-ever Online Spring Benefit was a tremendous success. Thanks to dedicated supporters like you, the special challenge gifts from Dale and Nancy Nichols, and Leslie Shad and Joe Brennan, together with the support of many new donors, we have raised more than $220K for our mission …

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An Allegorical Story: Good Versus Evil and Sanity Versus Insanity

By Peg Mohar The ten-year anniversary for “Bringing Nature Home” program brings back fond memories of the garden visits, award ceremonies and dedicated people I had the pleasure of working with! It does my heart good to have been part of the beginning of a great program. When we moved to Virginia in 2015, we …

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Bayless Dune

By Thomas and Theresa Cera The four-acre Bayless Dune property is located in the Miller section of Gary Indiana and is a major part of the 16 acres that Shirley Heinze Land Trust owns and manages in the area. It is located adjacent to homes and a former elementary school, but it is also near …

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How Backyard Native Plant Gardening Can Help Save the Natural World!

For gardeners, this is a busy time of year. Depending on where you are in your gardening journey, (and it truly is a journey), you may be looking at flats of seedlings in your window (or green house, if you’re lucky!), placing orders from a nursery, or planning to attend a local plant sale. Maybe you are starting your very first garden, or thinking about planting trees and shrubs to enhance your …

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