Return of the Barn Swallows

Return of the Barn Swallows

May is one of my favorite months of the year. Every walk outside is an adventure with something new to discover. One returning visitor excites me more than any other I see- barn swallows...

Red-tail Conservation Awards Presented

Red-tail Conservation Awards Presented

We gathered at Minnetrista, the original meeting place, last month to celebrate, reflect, and recognize the many people who made the work of Red-tail a reality. Red-tail’s founder and first executive director, Barry Banks, was the ....

Celebrating 20 Years

Celebrating 20 Years

What were you doing 20 years ago? Perhaps you were preparing for the digital demise as the calendar rolled into the new millennium? Maybe you were thinking, “I remember when Prince first sang 1999, how can it already be 1999?” ....

Reflections on ‘A Sand County Almanac’

Reflections on ‘A Sand County Almanac’

What has changed in the 60 years since A Sand County Almanac was published? The world’s population has grown from 2.5 billion to 7 billion. An accumulation of carbon dioxide is causing climate change, glaciers are melting, pollution is spreading....

Spring in Indiana 200 Years Ago

Spring in Indiana 200 Years Ago

The days are getting brighter and the ground is starting to thaw.  Do you see the signs? The forest is coming to life. Listen for the chirping frogs, pounding woodpeckers, and racing squirrels.   Sprigs of green are peeking through the thick mat of decaying leaves. First, the skunk cabbage in the swampy ....

Salamanders

Salamanders

Like lizards, they have a long tail and a narrow body but that is where the similarities end. Lizards are reptiles, with dry scaly skin. Salamanders have moist skin which some actually use to breathe. They are called amphibians because they live part of their lifecycle in the water and part on land....

Winter Hobbies

Winter Hobbies

No matter what your age, the key to a healthy brain and body is staying active, curious and creative. Whether you learn new skills or find new ways to use existing skills you will keep your brain sharp. Step outdoors and let your inner child wonder. What type of animal made that track? What tree has that....