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Members*, celebrate your results! ACRES’ spring member events are as varied as the habitats we protect together. In support of your shared values and in honor of your commitment to keeping our local wild places wild, you’re invited to participate in unique seasonal outings. Get together with your fellow members, break bread and enjoy the …

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As caretaker of our Wildwood nature preserve, Director of Land Management, Casey Jones, almost always starts his days on the road for ACRES. Protecting land and serving 32 counties requires a lot of travel. His direction changed this morning and he shares this snapshot: “For as long as I can remember, it seems that I’ve always traveled east …

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While spring has not yet officially sprung, the preserves are already increasingly active. Spring wildflowers are beginning to bloom and wildlife is returning. As hikers do the same, they’re capturing images and video of the hullabaloo. Enjoy these sights and sounds of early March from ACRES preserves across our region. Skunk cabbage in bloom at …

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You’re invited to participate in the ACRES Bird Blitz! What’s a Bird Blitz and how can you join? You can help count birds, either as an individual or on a team, on ACRES preservesIf you participate, you’ll be invited to a celebratory wrap-up party at the end of the count dayRegistered participants will receive a limited edition …

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ACRES members gathered with three generations of the Heinzerling family to celebrate the Heinzerling Family Five Points Nature Preserve, south of Garrett, with a hike on Sunday, February 19. Thank you, Heinzerling Family, for protecting your land with ACRES. Thank you, ACRES members, for making it possible. Black Creek runs through the preserve, feeding into …

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Dear Friends, Land can produce a seemingly unlimited diversity of plants. Consider a small garden plot. On the same piece of land, sweet corn, green beans, tomatoes, turnips, peppers, radishes, eggplant, and a host of other vegetables or flowers can be grown. Whatever the gardener’s whims, the land accommodates. What seems to me even more …

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Ahoy! We’re all back on dry land now, but on Saturday, February 11, 2017, more than 70 Creek Stompers had a wet and wild adventure at Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run! More than a few folks stayed high and (fairly) dry on the muddy preserve trail, 75 feet above the creek and gorge. In all, …

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By Fred Wooley Early September, I saw my first-of-the-season Red-breasted Nuthatch, one of my favorite birds.  Red-breasted Nuthatch by Dave Fox Diminutive compared to our more common year-round White-breasted Nuthatch, the Red-breasted is also set apart by its rusty-red chest and distinctive eye stripe and the fact that it spends a bit more time on branches than the …

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It’s time to stomp the creek! Join our second Winter Creek Stomp event this Saturday, February 11, from 2-4 pm, at Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run located at 1866 E. Baumbauer Road, Wabash. The forever-protected preserve features a spectacular gorge with waterfalls, reef fossils, exposed bedrock and vertical cliffs as high as 75 feet. “Last year, we …

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By Kim Bowers In “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Robert Frost stops to watch someone’s “woods fill up with snow.” He stands there for a long time but must leave because his obligations to society pull him back and because the woods do not really belong to him. With a shake of …

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In below-freezing temperatures, this past Saturday, January 28, ACRES volunteers showed up and dug in for our Preserve Workday. Eight volunteers gathered with staff members on the Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve near Huntertown to fight the non-native invasive Vinca plant, commonly known as Periwinkle. The vine-like plant is a tenacious ground-cover, hence its …

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By Kim Bowers I’m often reminded of poetry when I’m in the preserves. I’ll just be walking along, and a line of poetry will come to mind. Sometimes from a poem, sometimes from a piece of prose. Whatever the source, the words enhance my experience. They inspire me and help me enjoy the preserves even more. To my delight, ACRES …

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