The Red-tail Blog

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...

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...

New Board Member Appointed

New Board Member Appointed

Red-tail is pleased to announce the appointment of our newest board member, Dr. Delano “Blake” Janutolo. A longstanding supporter of Red-tail, Blake is an outstanding...

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

You may be seeing a new Red-tail vehicle on the road. The last several years have been very productive for Red-tail. Increasing our protected land...