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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.