Orbis Botanist Nathanael J. Pilla monitoring the Little Calumet River

Partnership Week 2020 – Volunteer Partners

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Individuals from various walks and stages of life, generously donate their time and talents. They are essential to all aspects of our work, from projects out in the community and on our preserves, to serving as board, advisory council, and committee members, volunteering their time and professional expertise. …

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Partnership Week 2020 – Stewardship Partners

Our Stewardship program is dedicated to the use of wise management principles to enhance and restore the lands and waters we protect. An enormous amount of collaboration and strategic planning with national, state and local partners must take place to enable our experienced staff to implement this work across our diverse nature preserves here in …

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Headless Zombie Oak Haunts Walnut Woods Preserve!

By Glenn N. Major, Volunteer Preserve Steward at Walnut Woods Nature Preserve Maybe we should rename Walnut Woods to Sleepy Hollow. Long ago, a Red Oak tree at the preserve may have been hit by lightning, resulting in its canopy falling to the forest floor where it sits today, feeding mushrooms and moss. Its branchless, …

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Gardening from the Roots to the Treetops – Create a Backyard Food Forest!s

By Christine Maloney Four mature maple trees around my house (two on the south and two on the north) leave only a narrow strip of full sun in the middle to grow my favorite sun-loving garden crops.  To complicate things further, my house and driveway take up the majority of that area in my typical …

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The Flora Richardson Foundation and the GLISTEN Program

Our 2020 GLISTEN Interns By Eric Bird Initially worried that we may not have to the ability to work with GLISTEN Liaisons this year, we were fortunate to find two students with the ambition and perseverance to work through this year’s Covid challenges. Ashlynn Morin and Alexander Hlebasko, both students at Indiana University Northwest, were …

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photo of new pavilion at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve

New Pavilion at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve

October 22, 2020     Shirley Heinze Land Trust announces the completion of a new multipurpose pavilion at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve, located at 25898 US 20, in South Bend, Indiana. The 56’ x 26’ open-air structure features a steel roof and a concrete floor. It will be used for various programming activities and will be …

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photo of Maureen Kolbusz and Kaye Martin working in the greenhouse at Barker Woods

Retirement Career? Volunteer!

Shirley Heinze Land Trust is fortunate to have a dedicated pool of volunteers with a variety of talents and passions. Maureen Kolbusz has to be one of the most resolute! When one of your first experiences as a volunteer with an organization is pulling bent and rusty nails from reclaimed staircase boards, and you still …

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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

Bringing Nature Home Garden 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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