Nature Preserves

Shirley Heinze Snapshot 3: The Great Marsh, June 1, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the third in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve.  It will focus on the types of plants that can be found in our Great Marsh properties, those whose seeds we harvest for planting in the fall, …

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Marsh marigold

Shirley Heinze Snapshot 2: The Great Marsh, May 7, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the second in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve. How quickly things change!  What just a few short weeks ago was a barren brown landscape has now morphed into a mottled sea of expanding greenness.  Skunk …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot: The Great Marsh, March 20, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Welcome to the Shirley Heinze Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve!  This is the first in what will be a series of “snapshots” featuring the preserve over the course of 2023. The Great Marsh properties of Shirley Heinze Land Trust comprise about 70 of its 87 acres of landholdings in the …

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Frogs Hopping Around Lydick Bog Nature Preserve

Growing up with a forest in my backyard, I thought I knew all the sounds that Indiana spring nights had to offer, from the distinctive hoots of owls to the occasional chirp of bats. Apart from these somewhat rare springtime noises, it seemed like the forest, for the most part, held on to the blanket …

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Showing the World You Care

Under sunny skies and spring-like temperatures, nine Shirley Heinze volunteers gathered Monday, February 21, at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve to remove invasive Black Locust saplings. The Meadowbrook Monday workday was part of the organization’s ongoing reforestation effort, which has seen staff and volunteers plant 50,000 trees on the property in the past seven years, said volunteer …

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Autumn Olive, Buckthorn and Privet, Oh My!

By Audra Ebling Once you see them, you can’t un-see them. Invasive plant species, that is. They are everywhere. My first personal experience with invasive species occurred when we bought a house on the north side of Chicago in the mid 90s that had a morning glory-type vine crawling its way up the garage. Charming, …

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Celebrating Nature in the Arts at Lydick Bog!

This summer, to commemorate the 40th anniversary, we began a new initiative, “Nature in the Arts,” which aims to connect people to nature through their appreciation of the arts. On August 14, we held a “Paint Out” at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve in South Bend. Plein-air painters from the Northern Indiana Pastel Society were scattered …

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Big Changes Coming to Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

We are excited to be moving forward with improvements to public access at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve. Beginning in April 2019, Shirley Heinze Land Trust convened staff, board members, regional partners, and other stakeholders to conduct an assessment for Meadowbrook within its broader community context. This work helped us identify the most urgent needs to maximize …

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