The Red-tail Blog

Spring Awakening of Trees – Budburst!

Spring Awakening of Trees – Budburst!

Wildlife survives winter by migrating, hibernating, or toughing it out. Trees, however, go dormant, a process triggered in the fall by decreasing daylight. Leaves drop, branches harden off, and the flow of water and sugars...

Spring Concert in the Woods

Spring Concert in the Woods

They survive the winter by pumping a sugar-like antifreeze substance into their cells. Over 70% of their body will freeze solid during the frigid months. They thaw out when temperatures start to rise above 40 degrees and can be calling for a mate within 24 hours. Chorus frogs burrow deep beneath...

Interim Director Announced

Interim Director Announced

Red-tail Land Conservancy’s board of directors has named Julie Borgmann interim director. Julie has been with RLC for over 3 years, serving most recently as...

Job Opening:  Executive Director

Job Opening:  Executive Director

Red-Tail Land Conservancy in Muncie, Indiana is seeking an accomplished, full-time Executive Director to build on our eighteen years of successfully preserving, protecting, and restoring...

Beyond Barry—Revisited

Beyond Barry—Revisited

Anyone who has been involved with Red-tail on almost any level these past two years has realized how much we have broadened our scope of activities. From our....

How much wood does a woodchuck chuck? Well …

How much wood does a woodchuck chuck? Well …

Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks or whistle pigs, are a species of marmot that belongs to the ground squirrel family, along with chipmunks and prairie dogs. The species that we’re familiar with, Marmota monax, lives throughout the Midwest, from northern Georgia to northern Canada. The Algonquin (or possibly Narraganset) native tribes called them...

Our Winter Feathered Friends

Our Winter Feathered Friends

Cardinals, woodpeckers, and blue jays brighten up my backyard around the feeders. While not as brilliantly colorful I still enjoy seeing the goldfinches perched on the thistle feeder. Nuthatches, chickadees, and tufted titmouse are entertaining as they...

Gifts for the Nature Lover

Gifts for the Nature Lover

Outdoorsy people love gear. Fleece outerwear, wool socks, hats, gloves, backpacks, (in multiple sizes for biking, day and overnight trips) and headlamps are essential for anyone heading outdoors. Bottles to keep beverages cold or hot, first aid kits (with moleskin for blisters), a camp stove, and rain gear can be...

Dutro-Ernst Woods trails are open!

Dutro-Ernst Woods trails are open!

Red-tail has had a lot to celebrate this year, opening 3 nature preserves to the public in east central Indiana. White River Woods, Fall Creek Woods and most recently, Dutro-Ernst Woods. These lands...

Walnut trees deliver scents, sounds, textures of nature

Walnut trees deliver scents, sounds, textures of nature

When I go outdoors it is not only the views I see, but also the scents, sounds, tastes, and textures that connect me to nature. The walnut tree delivers on every level. In dry autumns like this year, their leaves turn yellow and drop, exposing their fruit. This year the walnut trees are...