The Red-tail Blog

Executive Director Announced

Executive Director Announced

The Board of Directors of the Red-tail Land Conservancy announces the hiring of Julie Borgmann as its new executive director.   Borgmann succeeds outgoing RLC...

Regarding Barry’s Bash

Regarding Barry’s Bash

An overwhelming crowd packed Elm Street Brewing Wednesday, April 18, to show gratitude for Barry’s leadership, dedication, and tireless efforts to protect natural areas in...

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...

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...