The Red-tail Blog

Fall Colors – feast for the eyes and wildlife

Fall Colors – feast for the eyes and wildlife

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....

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....

The Life of Winter

The Life of Winter

As the colors of fall fade onto the ground and the trees become skeletons, the busyness of the forest seems to be only a memory of its summer bustle. The transition into the harshness of winter is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful...

The Dutro-Ernst Prairie Project

The Dutro-Ernst Prairie Project

Things may begin to look a bit strange in the prairie part of the property in the coming years, but not to worry! It is all part of our plan. Due to its historical usage, this area will need to go through a series of preliminary burns, disking, and mows...

I Brake for Turtles

I Brake for Turtles

Indiana has 18 native species and subspecies of turtles. Most spend their time in the shallow waters along rivers and ponds. One stands out among them, the Eastern Box Turtle. It is terrestrial, one of the few that lives mainly on land. Found from southern Maine to Georgia, its numbers are in decline in the Midwest....