Education and Outreach at Red-tail

At Red-tail we believe connecting people to nature is a critical element of our mission. By increasing awareness of our natural heritage we will grow future generations who will protect what they learn love. Our preserved natural areas offer excellent places for people to experience nature and learn about wild things.

Join us at one of our hikes or events, contact us to arrange a speaker or visit for your group, or download materials to plan your own nature adventure. Check back frequently to our website for updated offerings and materials.

Between every two pine trees is a door to a new world. —John Muir

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...

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...

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...

Fall Wildflowers Lend Brilliant Color to Fields

Fall Wildflowers Lend Brilliant Color to Fields

Garden centers in fall have plenty of asters. A native plant, asters  grow in several shades of blue, purple or white with yellow centers in the wild. They attract scores of butterflies. Wild bergamot, a member of the mint family produces a...

Meet Julie!

Julie Borgmann

Julie Borgmann

Interim Director
Julie Borgmann is the Interim Director for Red-tail Land Conservancy. Her passion is connecting people to nature for conservation and wellbeing.

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