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Journey with Nature is a series of weekly two-minute radio programs focused on conservation themes that support The Nature Conservancy's conservation strategies.

Episode Date
Bee Pollination and Agriculture
Bee Pollination and Agriculture: What Would We Do Without Bees?
Aug 08, 2007
Wash Me! Carwashes and the Environment
Clean water is essential to our well-being.
Aug 14, 2007
Aquatic Monster Invades Indiana
Does the creature from the black lagoon scare you? How about hydrilla? This aquatic plant is a monster in its own way, invading lakes and rivers all over the U.S.
Aug 21, 2007
The Hellbender of Southern Indiana
"Hellbender" may sound like the title of horror movie or video game, but it's really the name of one of Indiana's most fascinating animals.
Aug 28, 2007
Canoeing in Indiana
Hoosiers can choose from 24 designated canoe trails. Popular spots include Sugar Creek, the Big Blue River and the Chain O' Lakes.
Sep 04, 2007
Peregrine Falcon
At the Indianapolis 500, drivers race around the track, striving to reach a speed of 220 miles per hour. In nature the Peregrine falcon can soar and dive at such a high speed, making it the fastest animal on the planet.
Sep 11, 2007
Rhapsody in Blue
The tiny Karner blue butterfly has been on the verge of disappearing from the landscape for decades, but recent habitat restoration efforts are ensuring that this delicate beauty will live to fly another day.
Sep 19, 2007
Recycle, Reuse, Repeat.
Have you ever tossed away your aluminum beer or soda can with a smidgen of guilt but not a smidgeon big enough to save the can for the recycling bin? After all, how much difference can the recycling of one can make? A lot!
Sep 26, 2007
Swamp Rabbit
The Swamp Rabbit is not your ordinary rabbit; it lives a solitary life in swampy areas typically in the southern United States. Southwestern Indiana is the northern limit to its range and the populations are at best tenuous.
Oct 03, 2007
Welcome Back, Otter!
The river otter: fun-loving, frisky, and free-spirited. And now, after a 50-year absence, these charming creatures are back home in Indiana.
Oct 11, 2007
Watersheds 101
Pulled together by gravity to flow across the ground, raindrops gather into a little stream of water and may follow a number of paths: into a river, through a wetland or an ocean. No matter where they end, the raindrops will eventually become part of a watershed.
Oct 17, 2007
Luring Anglers to the Tippecanoe River
Autumn along the Tippecanoe River is a sight to behold, as the leaves turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow along its banks. On early fall mornings you may even see the silhouette of a fisherman casting his lure and waiting patiently for a bite.
Oct 24, 2007
Pine Hills Nature Preserve
What would be spookier than a Halloween hike to a nature preserve once called Shades of Death? Nowadays we call it Pine Hills, but thanks to its box canyons, steep hogback ridges-one aptly named the Devil's Backbone-and tales of a mad hermit, it's no wonder that it was once given such a sinister name.
Mar 03, 2008
Good Cattail Bad Cattail
What plant do you picture when you think of wetlands? Cattails, right? Not surprising, as cattails are very common in Indiana's waterways and marshlands. Unfortunately, most of the cattails you see today are actually an aggressive invasive species that is rapidly choking out habitat for native plants and wildlife.
Mar 03, 2008
Karst Matters
Space may be the final frontier, but a world virtually unknown to us lies right beneath our feet. The mysterious underground world of caves, with their intricate passageways and dramatic formations, is a wonderland just waiting to be explored.
Mar 03, 2008
Shhhh, Don't Tell Kentucky
This past September Kentucky's annual Short's Goldenrod Festival once again celebrated one of the rarest plants in the United States. Short's goldenrod, a federally endangered species, was found solely in the Bluegrass State up until a few years ago. Now Indiana shares their good fortune as the attractive, unassuming plant was found in Harrison-Crawford State Forest in 2002.
Mar 03, 2008
The Incredible Journey of the American Eel
As odd as it sounds, it is not uncommon to see American eels in Indiana's rivers. What is unusual is the eel's journey to our waters and back to their breeding ground that makes this long, serpentine fish such a fascinating creature.
Mar 03, 2008
The Oak: King of the Forest
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. A true saying if ever there was one. The mighty oak is the cornerstone of many Indiana forests. The oak tree has been around for almost 90 million years and can live to be over 400 years old. Indiana is home to 22 native species with the white oak being the most common.
Mar 03, 2008
Autumn Olive: Good Intentions Gone Bad
Back in the 1950s, the plant autumn olive was promoted as the best thing for wildlife since Noah's ark. A woody shrub from Asia with cream-colored flowers in the spring and bunches of red berries in the fall, autumn olive was planted all over Indiana to provide wildlife habitat.
Mar 03, 2008
Tippecanoe and a Healthy River Too
What do a Pink Heelsplitter, a Fat Pocketbook and a Purple Wartyback have in common? They may sound like Harry Potter characters, but they're actually three freshwater mussel species found in the Tippecanoe River.
Mar 03, 2008
Counting is for the Birds
The oldest continuous wildlife survey in the Western Hemisphere happens every winter holiday season. Can you guess what it is? Here's a hint: think birders, and lots of them. It's the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. For over a hundred years, thousands of people from North and South America gather to count birds in their area.
Mar 03, 2008
How Geology Shapes the World: Glaciers in Indiana
It's hard to imagine that Indiana's diverse landscape was once covered by a sheet of ice a half mile thick. Yet without glaciers, our state would lack the natural communities that make it so unique. As recently as 16,000 years ago, the last glacier remnants were slowing melting away and transforming its surroundings. This is the story of how glaciers created our historical Hoosier landscape.
Mar 03, 2008
Land Trusts: One Solution
Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind wrote, "Land is the only thing in the world that amounts to anything, for it's the only thing in this world that lasts. It's the only thing worth working for, worth fighting for..."
Mar 03, 2008
Migrating Royalty - The Monarch Butterfly
Although it's not a big secret, few people realize that royalty summers in Indiana by the thousands. They especially enjoy the fine dining found across our state such as milkweed and sweet nectar. As summer ends, they quietly head south for the winter, preferring a few exclusive spots in the cool Mexican highlands.
Mar 03, 2008
Kankakee Sands: A Birder's Paradise
Birders take note: in Northwestern Indiana lies a 76 hundred acre jewel in progress. Kankakee Sands in Newton County is on track to becoming a bird mecca, without question one of the premier places in the Midwest to view a number of amazing birds.
Mar 03, 2008
Identifying Winter Trees: A Bark for Every Tree
Henry David Thoreau once wrote, "Nature is full of genius, full of divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand." Nature's genius is nowhere more evident than in the bark of leaf-less trees in winter, for the bark of a tree is no less distinct than the leaves that grace its branches in the summer.
Mar 03, 2008
Who Give a Hoot?
Heard any good hoots lately? Or seen the silhouette of a squatting, ghost-like creature with points on top of its head? If so, consider yourself lucky. You were treated to the sights and sounds of the Great Horned Owl.
Mar 03, 2008
Eco-friendly Valentine's Day Tips
Ahh, Valentine's Day. THE day for love and romance. This year be sure to include Mother on your list. Mother Earth, that is. With just a little effort, you can find Valentines Day gifts that are both romantic and environmentally friendly.
Mar 03, 2008
Garlic Mustard
Insidious. Treacherous. Dangerous. Words used to describe most-wanted criminals and terrorists. But as spring approaches these words are often used to describe the unwelcome garlic mustard, an unrelenting invader of forests across Indiana and the eastern United States.
Mar 03, 2008
Teddy's Bear
Have you hugged your Teddy Bear today? Seriously. Your Teddy Bear and the natural resources in United States have one thing in common: President Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, also known as the Conservation President.
Mar 03, 2008
Spring Ephemerals and Their Insect Pals
It's winter, and outside the grey skies cast a colorless shadow across Indiana. Yet in woodlands across the state, a botanical fireworks display is poised to appear.
Mar 03, 2008
A Thief in the Forest
There's a thief in our forests! It isn't after our gold, but something more precious. It's stealing water, nutrients, and light. The thief is called Asian Bush Honeysuckle, a shrub popular in landscaping for decades. It has been planted in yards across the Midwest - maybe even in yours.
Mar 03, 2008
The Regal Fritillary
There is something majestic fluttering across the prairies of northwestern Indiana. A bit of royalty in our state we might have lost forever if not for a bit of land saved in the nick of time.
Mar 13, 2008
Are We There Yet?: Migratory Birds of Indiana
Why did the chicken cross the road? Who cares? Better to ask, why does the sandhill crane fly thousands of miles each year during its migration? Each fall sandhill cranes-plus millions of other birds-fill Indiana skies on their way toward warmer climates.
Mar 20, 2008
Your Carbon Footprint
Here's the deal...climate change is very much real. It's impacts have already been felt in our communities and communities all over the world. Although it's a big problem, a few small changes in our daily lives can help lessen the impact of climate change in our society and for future generations to come.
Mar 31, 2008
The Life and Loss of Frogs
It is said that frogs have an easy life as they can eat what bugs them. Unfortunately life isn't all that easy for our four-legged friends.
Apr 07, 2008
Arbor Daze - Arbor Day 2008
On every last Friday of April, Hoosiers around the state come together to celebrate trees. And why not? Trees are vital to the environmental quality, and the quality of life, in Indiana.
Apr 14, 2008
Lynton Caldwell: Indiana's Conservation Giant
The environmental crisis is an outward manifestation of a crisis of mind and spirit. There could be no greater misconception of its meaning than to believe it is concerned only with endangered wildlife, human-made ugliness, and pollution. These are part of it, but more importantly, the crisis is concerned with the kind of creatures we are and what we must become in order to survive. - from Lynton K. Caldwell's textbook Environmental Science
Apr 21, 2008
Indiana Bats, Man!
As a federally endangered species since 1967, it goes without saying that the recent sudden deaths of Indiana Bats across the eastern United States have been the cause of much concern for conservationists and scientists alike.
Apr 28, 2008
Protecting the Great Lakes
The treasure we know as the Great Lakes are now protected in a new way. Indiana was the third state to adopt the Great Lakes Compact - an agreement between the Great Lake states that will keep this national treasure healthy and prevent diversions of water from the basin.
May 05, 2008
Dune and Swale
When we think of Northwest Indiana, oil refineries and steel mills quickly come to mind. Yet tucked away in the midst of a region known for its heavy industry and dense urbanization lies a globally rare and specie-rich natural community called dune and swale.
May 12, 2008
Bobcats: Indiana's Biggest Cats
Bobcats are Indiana's biggest, and most elusive, cat. Although the most common wildcat in North America, they were included in Indiana's original endangered species list in 1969. Lucky for us, and them, the bobcat has made a comeback and was removed from the list in 2005.
May 19, 2008
World Environment Day 2008
World Environment Day is commemorated every June 5th as a way to stimulate global awareness of environmental issues and to promote political action.
May 26, 2008
June is Invasive Species Awareness Month
Invasive species displaces our native species, disrupt ecosystems, disturb recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and hiking and has cost us millions of dollars in control efforts. Raising awareness of invasive species is an important first step in preventing future introduction and spread of these aggressive, non-native species.
Jun 02, 2008
Orchids of Indiana
We tend to think of exotic, far-away destinations as to where we need to go to see wild orchids, sometimes the best place to look is in our own backyard.
Jun 09, 2008
Wetlands 101
A swamp is not a marsh, and a bog is not a fen, but they are all wetlands. There are many names for our sopping and soggy lands, but what, exactly, makes a wetland a wetland?
Jun 16, 2008
Allegheny Woodrat: A Rat You Can Love
Most people don't like rats and naturally wouldn't understand why anyone would want to try to save them. Yet the native Allegheny woodrat is a rat anyone could love. State endangered since 1984, Indiana would be at a great loss if these sweet little creatures ended up on our extinction list.
Jun 23, 2008
Yellowstone: Our 1st National Park
What better time to go but now as July is National Park and Recreation month. This week's Journey with Nature pays tribute to our nation's first and one of our finest - Yellowstone National Park.
Jun 30, 2008
We're Going on Staycation!
With fuel and food prices rising, many families feel that forgoing a summer trip is their only option. Yet a break from the daily grind may be needed more than ever. The answer - take a staycation!
Jul 07, 2008
Emerald Ash Borers: EABs are B-A-D!
Bumper stickers on cars around the state are asking us to not move firewood, but do you know why? It's all because of a metallic green insect known as the emerald ash borer. This itty bitty thing is causing some great big problems when it comes to our ash trees.
Jul 14, 2008
Eating Local
We're all looking for ways to make a positive impact on the environment. In fact, according to a recent Harris Poll 34% of those polled would like to be more "green" but aren't sure what they could do to help. A good start - become a locavore.
Jul 21, 2008
The Dead Zone: Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia
Scientists were forecasting that the "dead zone" off the coast of Louisiana and Texas in the Gulf of Mexico this year will be the largest on record. But what is this dead zone and what does it have to do with Indiana.
Jul 28, 2008
Two-Stage Ditch Design
Last week we talked about Gulf hypoxia and how our actions can affect an ecosystem hundreds of miles away. The Nature Conservancy, fellow conservation organizations and farmers across the country are doing their part in lessening that impact.
Aug 04, 2008
Green Water Practices
Benjamin Franklin once said that only when the well is dry, will we know the worth of water. With the human population constantly growing, an even greater demand on our available water supplies can cause quite a problem. Before such a hard lesson is learned, there are small and tangible steps that each of us can take to help reduce our impact.
Aug 13, 2008
Jellyfish in Indiana?
Jellyfish in Indiana? Really? Though hard to believe, it's true. On rare occasions, freshwater jellyfish have been seen in Indiana ponds, lakes and slow-moving rivers throughout the years.
Aug 20, 2008
Drive Smart & Save Gas
Gas prices may have lowered these past few weeks, but that doesn't mean we should start celebrating. The average household is still spending a big part of their paycheck feeding the gas tank. By learning to use our gas wisely, we can stretch a gallon for all its worth and more.
Aug 27, 2008
Ritchey Woods Nature Preserves
Ritchey Woods may be a small preserve in Fishers, Indiana, but its a big deal to those who need a natural retreat in this rapidly developing town.
Sep 03, 2008
Killer Kudzu
Some call it amazing, others call it a menace. Either way, Kudzu - a creeping, climbing perennial vine - is an invasive specie that is terrorizing native plants all over southern east United States - Indiana included.
Sep 10, 2008
Bald Eagles are Back!
As recently as twenty years ago the Bald Eagle was dangerously close to becoming extinct throughout the lower 48 states - Indiana included. Today, they're back from the brink and doing better than ever!
Sep 15, 2008
Offset Your Carbon
If you're already doing whatever you can to decrease your greenhouse gas emissions - purchasing eco-friendly alternatives, walking/biking/taking public transportation, recycling, etc - but still feel guilty, don't fret! Purchasing carbon offsets is an easy way to decrease your impact on global climate change.
Sep 22, 2008
Forest Certification = Good Wood
One-third of the planet is covered by forests, and though it sounds like a lot, it isn't nearly enough to keep up with the demand on goods, services and amenities these forests produce.
Sep 29, 2008
Gene Stratton-Porter
"Nature can be trusted to work her own miracle in the heart of any man whose daily task keeps him alone among her sights, sounds, and silences." - Gene Stratton Porter Author, Photographer, Naturalist, Movie Producer and Hoosier
Oct 06, 2008
Plains Pocket Gophers
They tend to get act a bit "cheeky," but they don't mean any harm. Plains pocket gophers are only guilty for doing what their instincts guide them to do.
Oct 13, 2008
Wind Energy in Indiana
Wind energy is an exciting alternative energy source that is both reliable and sustainable - found right here in Indiana!
Oct 20, 2008
The Kirtland's Snake
Kirtland's snake is unlike any other found in Indiana. Not only is the specie endangered, but is unique in habitat and appearance.
Oct 27, 2008
Oh, Deer! White-tailed Deer
Though beautiful and graceful, the white-tailed deer can cause great damage to the habitats in which they dwell. With numbers higher than ever before, the trouble with the over-population of deer has become quite evident throughout Indiana's forests.
Nov 03, 2008
EcoLab - Marian College
The Marian College EcoLab, developed and maintained in the tradition of Marian College's sponsorship value of responsible stewardship, will provide hands-on, experiential environmental, and historical learning opportunities for the students of Marian College and area schools, as well as the Indianapolis community.
Nov 10, 2008
Have a Happy, Green Thanksgiving!
Though autumn shades of red, orange, yellow and brown come to mind during Thanksgiving, don't let it stop you from thinking green. The holiday season may be hectic, but that shouldn't be an excuse - celebrating the holiday in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way is easier than you think.
Nov 17, 2008
Conserve Energy, Keep Warm & Save Money
Across Indiana the gloves, scarves and hats have been grabbed out of back of closets, and thermostats have been turned up.
Nov 24, 2008
Winter Hiking in Indiana
Sure the weather outside is frightful, but a winter hike can be oh, so delightful! Exploring Indiana underneath a layer of snow is like being in a whole, different world. Take a hike this winter with family and friends, and you'll understand.
Dec 01, 2008
Animals That Don't Migrate - What Do They Do?
Winter has donned its chilly head, and while we can bundle up and keep ourselves warm indoors, what about the animals outside? Where do they go and how do they survive?
Dec 08, 2008
Winter Fish Kills
Picture this - a frozen pond being covered by yet another layer of fresh snow against a bright blue winter sky. Sounds like a perfect, peaceful winter scene, doesn't it? Except that life isn't all that wonderful for those living underneath the ice and snow.
Dec 15, 2008
Conservation By Design
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. In order to do achieve this goal, the organization relies on a heavily science-based strategy known as Conservation by Design.
Dec 22, 2008
Environmental Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet
Making greener choices in your lifestyle is as easy as changing a light bulb or trading your gas-guzzling SUV for a more economical sedan. Other decisions, such as switching to a vegetarian diet is a little more hard to swallow. Yet, going vegetarian is the greenest decision you could possibly make.
Dec 29, 2008
Build it Green: LEED Certification
With all this talk about climate change and global warming, you may be trying to "green" your commute by biking, carpooling or taking public transit. Does the greening have to stop once you get to work? Not if your building is LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Jan 05, 2009
Extripated Species of Indiana
The dinosaurs that once roamed the earth are long gone, never to return. Extinct. On the other hand, wolverines and prairie-chickens have also faced a kind of extinction - a local extinction - here in Indiana.
Jan 12, 2009
Vernal Pools and Fairy Shrimp
Nothing lasts forever. Vernal Pools and the organisms that depend on them to survive are just an example of how life isn't only temporary, but pretty magical as well.
Jan 19, 2009
Skunk Cabbages
One of the first signs of spring is its smelliest - and not of the sweet-as-a-rose variety. Skunk cabbage is a wetland wildflower known well for its putrid smell and its amazing ability to keep warm in the chilly winter air.
Jan 26, 2009
Blue Jays
Unruly backyard behavior has given the Blue Jay its bad bird reputation. But like all bad boys, this beautiful bird isn't as bad as we think.
Feb 02, 2009
Classified Forests
The Classified Forests & Wildlands Program plays an important role in helping private landowners manage their forests in a way that would benefit them and our natural community.
Feb 09, 2009
Green Spring Cleaning
Spring is in the air, or at least we've had a taste of it! With the weather still cool and crisp, isn't it the perfect time to start on a bit of spring cleaning before it's too warm to be inside? Like many of our everyday activities, cleaning can be greener - and healthier - for you and the environment!
Feb 16, 2009
The Red Fox
While many Hoosiers consider the red fox a backyard pest at best, it does play an important role in the pyramid of life. Learn more about one of Indiana's more interesting mammals in this podcast.
Feb 23, 2009
Common Reed/Phragmites - Aquatic Invasive
The walls of giant grasses growing on our roadsides and in ditches may be impressive but they aren't natural. In fact, they are down right invasive. Common reed, also known by its Latin name Phragmites, will strange our wetlands if we don't control it.
Mar 02, 2009
Swamps of Southwest Indiana
In the "big toe" of southwest Indiana lays an opportunity to explore a wet, marshy ecosystem that exudes the character and feel of the Deep South. Twin Swamps Nature Preserve may not be the only swamp in Indiana, but it is one of the most intriguing and stunning natural communities found in our great state.
Mar 09, 2009
orld Water Day 2009
Every March 22 people around the world celebrate our greatest natural resource - water. As the most essential element for life, water is certainly worth celebrating and protecting.
Mar 16, 2009
Silver Carp
Some fish just don't belong in Indiana waters; silver carp is one of them. Silver carp is an invasive species that is rapidly upsetting the balance of Midwest waterways and those trying to enjoy them.
Mar 23, 2009
Fens of Northeast Indiana
Tucked into the landscape of Northeastern Indiana lies a unique natural community that many aren't aware of. They are called fens and represent a type of wetland unlike any other.
Mar 23, 2009
Fire Pink Wildflower
Fire Pink is one, if not the most, brilliant red wildflower in Indiana. Though a short-lived perennial, it leaves a lasting impression to those that look forward to catching a glimpse of it during the warm summer months.
Apr 06, 2009
Earth Day 2009
April 22, 2009 will mark the 39th anniversary of the first Earth Day. For almost forty years, people around the world have used this day to celebrate our planet and to rally together in support of issues that impact our environment.
Apr 13, 2009
Tulip Trees - In Celebration of Arbor Day 2009
Beeches, oaks, hickories and ashes dot our landscape with their lush canopies, but none do so as grandly as the Liriodendron tulipifera, or the Tulip Tree - Indiana's official state tree.
Apr 20, 2009
Timber Rattlesnake: Indiana's Reclusive Reptile
The Timber Rattlesnake once roamed the entire southern half of Indiana. Today, only a few isolated populations are found in the Brown County Hills region south to the Ohio River.
Apr 27, 2009
The Wabash River
The Wabash River is a wild and beautiful river found meandering in the heartland of our state. Beginning near Ft. Recovery, Ohio as a small stream, the Wabash flows east, then west, then south as it journeys over 475 miles to its confluence with the Ohio River below Mount Vernon, Indiana.
May 04, 2009
Gypsy Moth
An insect known as the Gypsy moth is one of the country's most devastating forest pests. The Gypsy moth has defoliated nearly one million acres of forest every year within the United States, including Indiana.
May 11, 2009
Charles C. Deam
Botanist, conservationist, author and collector of one of the largest private herbariums in Indiana - Charles C. Deam was all of this and did much more for our great state.
May 18, 2009
Backpacking the Knobstone Trail
Sometimes you don't have to go very far to get away from it all. Nature-lovers, especially backpackers, are willingly travel across state and country borders just to walk miles through scenic landscapes.
May 25, 2009
Cerulean Warblers
High above the trees is a creature you're not likely to see. It's the Cerulean warbler, a beautiful little bird in need of great big trees and the luch canopies they provide.
Jul 13, 2009
Purple Loosestrife
A field of pretty purple flowers isn't always a great find, especially when its a monoculture of purple loosestrife slowly strangling our wetlands.
Jun 08, 2009
Don't Hike with Pests
Here at Journey with Nature, we can't mention enough the negative impact invasive species have on our natural, recreational and agricultural lands. With nearly 140 billion dollars spent to fight invasive species in the Unities States every year, its an issue that can't be ignored.
Jun 15, 2009
Shooting Star Cliffs
There's a place in Southern Indiana where the shooting stars are at your feet, not over your head. Shooting Star Cliffs is one of Indiana's most spectacular natural areas.
Jun 22, 2009
Prickly Pear Cactus
The hardiest cacti in North America is Indiana's only cactus. The Easter Prickly Pear is a tough native perennial with a delicate bloom.
Jun 29, 2009
The Exotic Mute Swan
The mute swan is an exotic specie found throughout Indiana in the warm summer months. Despite its name, this swan causes quite a commotion.
Jul 06, 2009
Ober Sand Savanna Nature Preserve
Ober Sand Savanna in Starke County is a beatiful preserve that features an exceptionally high quality black oak sand savanna and a diverse mix of wildflowers and grasses.
Jul 13, 2009
The Least Weasel - Indiana's Smallest Carnivore
Sometimes it's the smallest animals that are the most surprising. Take the least weasel for example. Though only inches long and weight in mere ounces, its surprising to learn that Indiana's smallest carnivore is one of our fiercest hunters.
Jul 20, 2009
The Lost River
Sinkholes, springs and caves - oh my! Southern Indiana is dotted with these interesting karst features, through nothing is more fascinating than the sinking stream known as the Lost River.
Jul 27, 2009
Piping Plover: I'm a Plover, not a Fighter
The piping plover is a small shorebird that breeds in North America in only three geographic regions: the Atlantic Coast, the Northern Great Plains and the Great Lakes. Its decline in population over the years has many researchers and scientists concerned, including those in Indiana.
Aug 03, 2009
Prairie Blazing Star Wildflowers
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.
Aug 10, 2009
Caves Closed: White-nosed Syndrome
Caves across Indiana have temporarily closed, but why? Blame it on the White-nosed Syndrome - an affliction killing off bats at an alarming rate.
Aug 17, 2009
Lungless Salamanders
Not all four-legged creatures need lungs to breath. Lungless salamanders are an interesting breed found right here in Indiana.
Aug 24, 2009
Eurasian Watermilfoil - Aquatic Invasive Species
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.
Aug 31, 2009
Portland Arch Nature Preserve
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.
Sep 07, 2009
Marion T. Jackson: Conservationist, Naturalist, Hoosier
Marion Thomas Jackson: a lifelong naturalist, conservationist, educator and Hoosier.
Sep 14, 2009
The Hoosier National Forest
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.
Sep 24, 2009
Rain Gardens: Natural Water Filters in your own Backyard
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.
Oct 05, 2009
The Pawpaw - Native Tree with Tropical Fruit
Known as the Indiana banana, the fruit of the pawpaw tree is a unique and unusual treat found in the Hoosier state.
Oct 07, 2009
Why Do Leaves Change Color?
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.
Oct 12, 2009
Hitz-Rhodehamel Preserve in Brown County
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.
Oct 19, 2009
Cycling Indiana
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.
Oct 26, 2009
Persimmons - Indiana's Favorite Fall Fruit
What fruit looks like a cross between an orange and a tomato? Why Indiana's favorite fall fruit, the persimmon, of course!
Nov 02, 2009
Forest Conservation and REDD
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.
Nov 09, 2009
Don't Trash it - Compost!
With all the leaves and leftover plant debris in the garden, fall is the perfect time to begin composting.
Nov 16, 2009
Twin Creek Valley Nature Preserve
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.
Nov 30, 2009
Japanese Barberry - An Invasive Shrub
Many non-native plants pose significant threats to natural areas due to their use in landscaping. Japanese barberry is one such bullying plant.
Dec 07, 2009
Tobogganing at Pokagon State Park
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!
Dec 14, 2009
A Fern for the Holidays: The Christmas Fern
The Christmas Fern is a native, woodland plant that has been synonymous with the holiday season for centuries.
Dec 21, 2009
The Blanding's Turtle
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.
Dec 28, 2009
Winter Creeper
Attractive as the evergreen winter creeper may seem, it has the capability of choking out native species where it can establish itself.
Jan 04, 2010
Purchasing Sustainable Coffee
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.
Jan 11, 2010
Bluffs of Beaver Bend Nature Preserve
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.
Jan 18, 2010
Aldo Leopold - Father of Wildlife Conservation
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.
Jan 25, 2010
English Ivy
Though not categorized as an invasive species in Indiana, the common landscaping plant known as English ivy is as beastly as it is beautiful.
Feb 01, 2010
Kramer Woods Nature Preserve
Kramer Original Woods is a dedicated state nature preserve home to old-growth southern hardwood forest rich with history and biodiversity.
Feb 08, 2010
Celebrating 50 Years in Indiana!
The Nature Conservancy is celebrating its 50th year of protecting nature and preserving life in Indiana.
Feb 15, 2010
Efroymson Conservation Center Series: Green Roofs
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.
Feb 22, 2010
Efroymson Conservation Center Series: Native Landscaping
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.
Mar 01, 2010
Efroymson Conservation Center Series: Sustainable Stormwater Management
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.
Mar 08, 2010
Efroymson Conservation Center Series: Geothermal Heating and Cooling System
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.
Mar 15, 2010
Efroymson Conservation Center Series: Recycled and Sustainable Features
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.
Mar 22, 2010
Spring Beauty Wildflower
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.
Mar 29, 2010
Green's Bluff Nature Preserve
Natural areas that become nature preserves are well know for their natural beauty and history. Green's Bluff of Owen County is both.
Apr 05, 2010
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
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.
Apr 12, 2010
Earth Day Indiana 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!
Apr 19, 2010
Tree of Heaven
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.
Apr 26, 2010
Douglas Woods Nature Preserve
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.
May 03, 2010
The Nocturnal Whip-poor-will
The Whip-poor-will makes its home in Indiana during the summer months. Though often heard, it is rarely seen.
May 10, 2010
Japanese Stilt Grass
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 17, 2010
Prairie Border Preserve
Prairie Border today represents a glimpse into the rich past of Indiana's grassland systems.
May 24, 2010
Journey with Nature - Wild Summer Teas
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.
Jun 07, 2010
Journey with Nature - Cucumber Magnolias
Though its not the kind of cucumber you can pickle, the cucumber magnolia is a pretty and native tree to the Hoosier state.
Jun 10, 2010
Journey with Nature - One Stinky Rose: The Multiflora Rose
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.
Jun 21, 2010
Journey with Nature - Saunders Woods in Gibson County
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.
Jun 21, 2010
Journey with Nature - Black-Eyed Susans
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.
Jul 07, 2010
Journey with Nature - Asian Carp: What is It and Why the Concern
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.
Jul 15, 2010
Journey with Nature - Chelsea Flatwoods
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.
Jul 15, 2010
Journey with Nature - The Ghost Crayfish
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.
Jul 21, 2010
Journey with Nature - Ticks
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.
Jul 30, 2010
Journey with Nature - Zebra Mussels - Aquatic Invaders
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.
Aug 06, 2010
Journey with Nature - Devil's Walking Stick
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.
Aug 12, 2010
Journey with Nature - The Other Walking Stick
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.
Aug 20, 2010
Journey with Nature - Ivanhoe Dune and Swale
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.
Aug 27, 2010
Journey with Nature - Buckthorns, Aphids and Lady Beetles
Buckthorn is the perfect example of how, in our interconnected natural world, one action or one species affects another in sometimes unexpected ways.
Sep 02, 2010
Journey with Nature - Swamp Angel Nature Preserve
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.
Sep 08, 2010
Journey with Nature - Spicebush
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.
Sep 15, 2010
Journey with Nature - Ospreys
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.
Sep 23, 2010
Journey with Nature - Crown Vetch
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.
Sep 29, 2010
Journey with Nature - American Green Tree Frog
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.
Oct 08, 2010
Journey with Nature - Osage Orange Tree
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.
Oct 18, 2010
Journey with Nature - Protecting the Wabash River
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.
Oct 21, 2010
Journey with Nature - Muscatatuck Bottoms
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.
Oct 28, 2010
Journey with Nature - Asian Longhorned Beetles
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.
Nov 01, 2010
Journey with Nature - Why We Prescribe Fire
To burn or not to burn? Land stewards must ask this important question when managing natural areas both big and small.
Nov 15, 2010
Journey with Nature - Short Eared Owls
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.
Nov 19, 2010
Journey with Nature - Recycling E-Waste
Your old computer or television set may be junk, but it certainly doesn't belong in the trash!
Nov 26, 2010
Journey with Nature - Hardin Ridge and Brock-Sampson
The rugged character and lack of established trails make hiking at Hardin Ridge challenging but rewarding.
Dec 02, 2010
Journey with Nature - Black Locust
The Black Locust tree is a troublesome invasive species as it poses a danger to Indiana's fragile prairies and savannas.
Dec 10, 2010
Journey with Nature - American Badgers
It may surprise some Hoosiers to learn that the American badger is native to our state.
Dec 16, 2010
Journey with Nature - Ice Fishing in Indiana
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.
Jan 04, 2011
Journey with Nature - Clifty Falls State Park
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!
Jan 04, 2011
Journey with Nature - Tufted Titmouse
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.
Jan 05, 2011
Journey with Nature - Identifying Trees in Winter
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.
Jan 13, 2011
Journey with Nature - Carnivorous Sundews
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.
Jan 20, 2011
Journey with Nature - Americorps
Through dedication and teamwork, AmeriCorps members help increase crucial conservation action across the United States.
Jan 27, 2011
Journey with Nature - Groundhogs
Despite what they are called, groundhogs are mostly known for one thing - predicting the end of winter.
Feb 03, 2011
Journey with Nature - Snowflakes
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.
Feb 11, 2011
Journey with Nature - Eastern Hemlocks
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).
Feb 17, 2011
Journey with Nature - Flying Squirrels
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.
Feb 24, 2011
Journey with Nature - Cedar Bluffs
Cedar Bluffs Nature Preserve, just south of Bloomington, provides a stunning display of species adaptation and survival in a harsh environment.
Mar 11, 2011
Journey with Nature - Bloodroot
With a name like bloodroot, one wouldn’t expect to find that it is a rather beautiful white wildflower.
Mar 11, 2011
Journey with Nature - European Starling
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.
Mar 25, 2011
Journey with Nature - Shraeder-Weaver Woods
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.
Mar 25, 2011
Journey with Nature - Hellbender
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.
Apr 01, 2011
Journey with Nature - Locally Grown Foods
Participating in Earth Day can be as simple as the type of food you put on your plate.
Apr 08, 2011
Journey with Nature - Blue-eyed Mary
The Blue-eyed May is an uniquely colored spring wildflower so lovely, it's bound to be a favorite of many more Hoosiers.
Apr 13, 2011
Journey with Nature - Earth Day Indiana
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.
Apr 21, 2011
Journey with Nature - International Year of Forests
2011 has been declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly. Why? Because we really need trees!
Apr 28, 2011
Journey with Nature - Bobcats
Though elusive and recluse, the bobcat still makes its home in Indiana.
May 19, 2011
Journey with Nature - Douglas Woods
Douglas Woods has a spectacular, must-see wildflower display. Don't miss out and visit this northeastern nature preserve this spring.
May 19, 2011
Journey with Nature - White Mulberrry
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 27, 2011
Journey with Nature - 200th Episode
The Nature Conservancy is grateful for its partnership with WFYI and other public radio stations across the state.
May 27, 2011
Journey with Nature - Wild White Indigo
Indigo usually describes a bright, blue violet, but not in our prairies. Wild white indigo is a beautiful white native wildflower.
Jun 02, 2011
Journey with Nature - Fireflies
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.
Jun 09, 2011
Journey with Nature - Twin Swamps Nature Preserve
A little bit of the Deep South can be found at Twin Swamps Nature Preserve in Posey County.
Jun 16, 2011
Journey with Nature - Brown-headed Cowbird
The native Brown-headed Cowbird is notorious for its unusual approach to raising its young, or the lack thereof.
Jul 07, 2011
Journey with Nature - Pale Purple Coneflower
The pretty pale purple coneflower is a unique bloom found in our prairies and savannas.
Jul 07, 2011
Journey with Nature - Mosquitoes
Hot, humid summer days we begged for comes with a price - mosquitoes are back.
Jul 07, 2011
Journey with Nature - Spinn Prairie
Spinn Prairie in White County is an amazing reminder of Indiana's vanishing prairie landscape.
Jul 21, 2011
Journey with Nature - Wabash River
The Wabash River is known as Indiana's River, and it needs our protection.
Jul 21, 2011
Journey with Nature - The End
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.
Aug 04, 2011