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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. This slideshow requires JavaScript.   …

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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 preserves If you participate, you’ll be invited to a celebratory wrap-up party at the end of the count day Registered participants will receive a …

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In my recent Letter from the Executive Director, I write about how land can produce a wide variety of products. I make the claim that when compared to nature; we are unimaginative when it comes to deciding what land should produce. To illustrate this point, let’s explore the recent history of Kokiwanee – a 140-acre nature …

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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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By Fred Wooley Red-breasted Nuthatch by Dave Fox Early September, I saw my first-of-the-season Red-breasted Nuthatch, one of my favorite birds.  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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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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*Update 3/7/19: This property is now named Eastlake.  An extremely rare and ecologically significant remnant of native prairie struggling to survive amid Warsaw’s commercial and residential areas is part of ACRES Land Trust’s latest acquisition. The 7-acre prairie found in the newly-acquired Wayne Township Property* along U.S. 30 may be the easternmost example of original …

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