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August 4, 2011
The writers, editors and Michael Atwood have enjoyed working on Journey with Nature, and are sad to say that this segment will be its last.
July 21, 2011
The Wabash River is known as Indiana's River, and it needs our protection.
July 21, 2011
Spinn Prairie in White County is an amazing reminder of Indiana's vanishing prairie landscape.
July 7, 2011
Hot, humid summer days we begged for comes with a price - mosquitoes are back.
July 7, 2011
The pretty pale purple coneflower is a unique bloom found in our prairies and savannas.
June 16, 2011
A little bit of the Deep South can be found at Twin Swamps Nature Preserve in Posey County.
June 9, 2011
Chasing after the blinking glow of fireflies on a warm, summer evening is a favorite childhood memory for many Hoosiers. Unfortunately we may be chasing after fewer this summer.
June 2, 2011
Indigo usually describes a bright, blue violet, but not in our prairies. Wild white indigo is a beautiful white native wildflower.
May 27, 2011
A failed attempt of developing a silkworm industry in the United States definitely left its mark in Indiana. The invasive white mulberry tree is found in every one of our counties.
May 19, 2011
Douglas Woods has a spectacular, must-see wildflower display. Don't miss out and visit this northeastern nature preserve this spring.
May 19, 2011
Though elusive and recluse, the bobcat still makes its home in Indiana.
April 28, 2011
2011 has been declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly. Why? Because we really need trees!
April 21, 2011
Come and join in on some good, clean fun and learn how to better take care of our planet at Earth Day Indiana on Saturday, April 23, 2011.
April 13, 2011
The Blue-eyed May is an uniquely colored spring wildflower so lovely, it's bound to be a favorite of many more Hoosiers.
April 8, 2011
Participating in Earth Day can be as simple as the type of food you put on your plate.
April 1, 2011
The native Hellbender Salamander may not be much to look at, but protecting it - along with its only home in Indiana, the Blue River - is incredibly important to the Conservancy.
March 25, 2011
While any season is a good time to visit Shraeder-Weaver, springtime is hard to beat. Every year, Hoosiers travel to this living museum to witness its gorgeous wildflower display.
March 25, 2011
Those bothersome chubby, black starlings are so common in Indiana, it’s hard to believe that they don’t belong here. And they don’t; starlings are native to Europe and are considered to be an aviary pests in North America.
March 11, 2011
With a name like bloodroot, one wouldn’t expect to find that it is a rather beautiful white wildflower.
March 11, 2011
Cedar Bluffs Nature Preserve, just south of Bloomington, provides a stunning display of species adaptation and survival in a harsh environment.
February 24, 2011
They fly through the air with the greatest of ease, but contrary to their name, flying squirrels don’t fly. They glide, and some do their gliding here in Indiana.
February 17, 2011
When the glaciers moved in across Indiana, the enormous sheets of ice brought with it a few hitchhikers. Little pinecones, less than an inch tall, dropped to the ground as the ice melted and were planted in Southern Indiana. From these tiny seeds came large, coniferous trees know as Eastern Hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis).
February 11, 2011
As Hoosiers, we see a lot of snow. But do you know by this time of year, many of us are ready to see it go. But before the snow melts away, let’s take a closer look as to how all this white stuff came to be.
February 3, 2011
Despite what they are called, groundhogs are mostly known for one thing - predicting the end of winter.
January 27, 2011
Through dedication and teamwork, AmeriCorps members help increase crucial conservation action across the United States.
January 20, 2011
The sundew is a species that is both attractive and built with a hearty appetite. A deadly combination to any insect that comes across this carnivorous plant.
January 13, 2011
When it comes to identifying trees, sometimes it's best to follow your nose! Confused? This podcast illustrates how all your senses are needed in order to identify trees in the winter months.
January 5, 2011
While many birds fly south for the winter, there are those that stay to bear the cold months with us. The Tufted Titmouse is such a bird.
January 4, 2011
Some Hoosiers may not have the time or means to take such a trip, but you don't have to go far to admire deeply cut gorges, sheet rock walls and plunging waterfalls. Clifty Falls State Park near Madison in Jefferson County has all that and more!
January 4, 2011
It may be winter, but the fish are still biting. When Indiana's lakes and ponds have frozen over, anglers who can bear the cold go ice fishing.
December 16, 2010
It may surprise some Hoosiers to learn that the American badger is native to our state.
December 10, 2010
The Black Locust tree is a troublesome invasive species as it poses a danger to Indiana's fragile prairies and savannas.
December 2, 2010
The rugged character and lack of established trails make hiking at Hardin Ridge challenging but rewarding.
November 26, 2010
Your old computer or television set may be junk, but it certainly doesn't belong in the trash!
November 19, 2010
The Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus) is unlike most of its kind. Unlike the majority of its species, this owl is partially diurnal or active during the day.
November 15, 2010
To burn or not to burn? Land stewards must ask this important question when managing natural areas both big and small.
November 1, 2010
The Asian Longhorned Beetle has destroyed tens of thousands of hardwood trees in the United States, and luckily not a single one in Indiana.Unfortunately this doesn't mean that these killer beetles aren't headed our way.
October 28, 2010
The muddy Muscatatuck River drains over a thousand square miles and meanders though a sparsely populated agricultural community in southeastern Indiana. It is also the the largest least-fragmented complex of bottomland forest in the Midwest.
October 21, 2010
Conservation groups including The Nature Conservancy are working together to protect the water quality of river as well as the species that rely on it. Early this year, these organization gained a great ally in protecting the Wabash.
October 18, 2010
Hedgeballs, horse apples and green brains - the fruits of the Osage orange tree is called many things. When stumbled upon in nature, not many know exactly what is though it certainly makes quite an impression.
October 8, 2010
The ever-so-popular muppet, Kermit the Frog, was modeled after the American green tree frog (Hyla cinerea) that is native to most of southeastern United Stated as well as Indiana.
September 29, 2010
Crown vetch sounds like a plant fit for a king, but this invasive plant is more of a royal pain in the you-know-what. Unfortunately landowners who plant this pretty perennial aren’t aware of its insidious ways until it is too late.
September 23, 2010
Some fish fly and some birds fish. The osprey is such a bird. The osprey is a migratory, medium-sized raptor (or bird of prey) that makes its home in Indiana.
September 15, 2010
Neither flashy nor rare, the spicebush is a popular native plant with sweet yellow flowers and a delightful fragrance. Whether planted in your backyard or found in the wild, this bush brightens any landscape.
September 8, 2010
Swamp Angel Nature Preserve ranks as one of the most outstanding natural areas in all of northeastern Indiana. Despite its name, this preserve is much more than a swamp.
September 2, 2010
Buckthorn is the perfect example of how, in our interconnected natural world, one action or one species affects another in sometimes unexpected ways.
August 27, 2010
Located in a working class neighborhood of Gary in Lake County, Ivanhoe had originally been plotted into individual lots for residential development. The Nature Conservancy began acquiring these lots in the mid-1980's through tax auctions and donations. Today the preserve totals more than a hundred acres.
August 20, 2010
Last week Journey with Nature featured the Devil’s walking stick, a thorny plant that redeems itself with showy gorgeous blooms. This week's segment discusses the other walking stick found in Indiana - the slow moving, camouflaging insect know as the Walkingstick.
August 12, 2010
Aralia spinosa is known by many things - prickly ash, Hercule's club, Angelica tree, toothache bush - but is widely known as the Devil’s walking stick.
August 6, 2010
Boaters despise them. Recreationists curse them. Conservationists wish to rid them from our waters. What is the object of so much hostility? The tiny, but havoc-wreaking zebra mussel.
July 30, 2010
Nothing spoils a good hike in the woods like finding an eight-legged bloodsucker firmly attached to your body. Unfortunately those tiny arachnids known as ticks stick around from spring through all summer long.
July 21, 2010
Crayfish are known by many names: crawfish, crawdad or mudbugs just to name a few. Resembling miniature lobsters, these freshwater crustaceans are found in Indiana's lakes, rivers and streams.
July 15, 2010
Southeastern Indiana has some of the flattest terrain in the state; so much that the main natural community type is known as flatwoods. Chelsea Flatwoods in Jefferson County is the largest and most diverse example of this natural community in the entire state. It is also the wettest.
July 15, 2010
Some fish don't belong in Indiana waters and the species collectively known as Asian carp are just a few of those. Asian carp - which include the bighead carp and silver carp - are native to China and Southeast Asia.
July 7, 2010
It's hard to miss the Black-Eyed Susan wildflower. Not only is it impressively tall with a full height up to three feet and bears large, colorful blooms, it is one of the most common wildflowers found throughout Indiana and the rest of the United States.
June 21, 2010
Though it may not look like much of a nature preserve, Saunders Woods in Gibson County is a fascinating piece of Indiana's natural history.
June 21, 2010
Shakespeare once wrote "that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." He never encountered the not-so-sweet rose, Mutliflora Rose. This non-native species is giving its namesake a foul aroma in Indiana.
June 10, 2010
Though its not the kind of cucumber you can pickle, the cucumber magnolia is a pretty and native tree to the Hoosier state.
June 7, 2010
There's nothing better on a hot summer day than a nice tall glass of ice tea. Instead of going to your grocer's shelf, why not look to your back yard for a delicious alternative to the common commercial tea bags.
May 24, 2010
Prairie Border today represents a glimpse into the rich past of Indiana's grassland systems.
May 17, 2010
Who knew a grass could be so aggressive?! Japanese stilt grass, an invasive species from Asia, is just that and is making its way to the forest floors of Southern Indiana.
May 10, 2010
The Whip-poor-will makes its home in Indiana during the summer months. Though often heard, it is rarely seen.
May 3, 2010
The Nature Conservancy in Indiana longevity is testament to its commitment to protecting critical Hoosier natural areas. One such area, the site of much activity lately, is Douglas Woods in northeastern Indiana.
April 26, 2010
Though its name makes it sound heavenly, Tree-of-Heaven is no angel. This fast-growing and prolific seeder quickly takes over our native plants and negatively affecting our natural communities.
April 19, 2010
The Nature Conservancy's Indiana Chapter will be celebrating 50 years, Earth Day marks its 40th year and Earth Day Indiana will be enjoying its 20th anniversary with its annual festival in Downtown Indianapolis!
April 12, 2010
Hummingbirds are one of the most intriguing species that you can find in your own backyard. As it is not an Indiana resident all year long, their stop in our state is something to look forward to every spring.
April 5, 2010
Natural areas that become nature preserves are well know for their natural beauty and history. Green's Bluff of Owen County is both.
March 29, 2010
After a long cold winter, the annual arrival of early spring wildflowers can certainly stimulate hopes of warmer, longer days. Perhaps none of the spring wildflowers announces the new season as fervently as the spring beauty wildflower.
March 22, 2010
In the weeks to come, Journey with Nature will be focusing on sustainable features found at Indiana's new green headquarters known as the Efroymson Conservation Center.
March 15, 2010
In the weeks to come, Journey with Nature will be focusing on sustainable features found at Indiana's new green headquarters known as the Efroymson Conservation Center.
March 8, 2010
In the weeks to come, Journey with Nature will be focusing on sustainable features found at Indiana's new green headquarters known as the Efroymson Conservation Center.
March 1, 2010
In the weeks to come, Journey with Nature will be focusing on sustainable features found at Indiana's new green headquarters known as the Efroymson Conservation Center.
February 22, 2010
In the weeks to come, Journey with Nature will be focusing on sustainable features found at Indiana's new green headquarters known as the Efroymson Conservation Center.
February 15, 2010
The Nature Conservancy is celebrating its 50th year of protecting nature and preserving life in Indiana.
February 8, 2010
Kramer Original Woods is a dedicated state nature preserve home to old-growth southern hardwood forest rich with history and biodiversity.
February 1, 2010
Though not categorized as an invasive species in Indiana, the common landscaping plant known as English ivy is as beastly as it is beautiful.
January 25, 2010
A great man once said that "conservation is a state of harmony between men and land." That man was American ecologist and environmentalist Aldo Leopold.
January 18, 2010
In Martin County lies a nature preserve rich in both history and beauty. The Bluffs of Beaver Bend's steep, colorful sandstone cliffs is an amazing backdrop for this wondrous preserve.
January 11, 2010
Whether it's to help wake you up in the morning or keep you up at night, a good cup of coffee is an important part of many people's daily routine. Though we say we need it, it is truly a necessity to the some eighty countries that produce it.
January 4, 2010
Attractive as the evergreen winter creeper may seem, it has the capability of choking out native species where it can establish itself.
December 28, 2009
There are many species that make the deep sleep through the cold winter months, but the Blanding's turtle takes hibernation to a different level.
December 21, 2009
The Christmas Fern is a native, woodland plant that has been synonymous with the holiday season for centuries.
December 14, 2009
Winter is upon us and while many stay bundled up at home there are those who are excited to play outdoors in the snow. For many families that mean a trip to Pokagon State Park in northeastern Indiana for the scenery and the toboganning!
December 7, 2009
Many non-native plants pose significant threats to natural areas due to their use in landscaping. Japanese barberry is one such bullying plant.
November 30, 2009
Many people drive along State Road 60 between Salem and Mitchell in southern Indiana and never realize a large lush forest is just out of view. Yet there, among the forested hills, is where you'll find Twin Creek Valley Nature Preserve.
November 16, 2009
With all the leaves and leftover plant debris in the garden, fall is the perfect time to begin composting.
November 9, 2009
The Nature Conservancy believes that reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation - a strategy known as REDD - is a powerful tool against climate change while protecting forests and biodiversity around the world.
November 2, 2009
What fruit looks like a cross between an orange and a tomato? Why Indiana's favorite fall fruit, the persimmon, of course!
October 26, 2009
Cycling has become quite popular in recent years and many Hoosiers are happily taking up the sport. Though many may not realize it, Indiana is a great state for cyclists. Its varied terrains and beautiful scenery really makes Indiana a perfect place to pedal.
October 19, 2009
Looking for some great autumn color, but not a fan of the big crowds it attracts? Then head over to Hitz-Rhodehamel Preserve in Brown County where the leaves are just as colorful and the crowds aren't a problem.
October 12, 2009
Autumn is here and is announcing itself in its usual brilliantly-colored way. Fortunately for Hoosiers, many of us can watch this incredible display from our own backyards.
October 7, 2009
Known as the Indiana banana, the fruit of the pawpaw tree is a unique and unusual treat found in the Hoosier state.
October 5, 2009
Did you know you can design a beautiful landscape in your own backyard and help protect our rivers, lakes and streams at the same time? A rain garden helps protect our waters while providing a great benefit to your yard as well.
September 24, 2009
The Hoosier National Forest is one of Indiana's grandest natural treasures. Boasting more than 200,000 acres over nine South Central counties, it is the largest recreational and protected area in the state.
September 14, 2009
Marion Thomas Jackson: a lifelong naturalist, conservationist, educator and Hoosier.
September 7, 2009
Portland Arch Nature Preserve in Fountain County is a unique find in Indiana. Known for its sandstone gorge and natural bridge carved into the rock, Portland Arch is certainly worth the trip.
August 31, 2009
Of all the bodies of water found in Indiana, approximately 126,000 acres contain some level of Euarasian watermilfoil, a aquatic invasive species destroying native life.
August 24, 2009
Not all four-legged creatures need lungs to breath. Lungless salamanders are an interesting breed found right here in Indiana.
August 17, 2009
Caves across Indiana have temporarily closed, but why? Blame it on the White-nosed Syndrome - an affliction killing off bats at an alarming rate.
August 10, 2009
Despite its name, the Blazing Star isn't something celestial. It is, however, a striking prairie flower that blooms in the hot, Indiana summer months.
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