The Nature Institute in Godfrey is building a new greenhouse.
A number of amazing things are happening at The Nature Institute properties.
Come out in the morning to see the gobblers strutting their stuff, turkey vultures drying themselves and soaking up the sun, Cooper’s hawks hunting in the woods, and check out the does and fawns that run past our trails.
At lunchtime you can see the herons at Cypress Pond, while you listen to the many frogs and sounds of the pileated woodpecker in the distance. Near dark hear the barred owls hoot, coyotes howl and whistle pigs scurrying back to their burrows.
Exciting new things are happening on the people side of the preserve as well; we are in the process of building a new greenhouse. It will help us diversify the native plants on the properties and allow a new educational experience for our many visitors. Our restoration efforts, which seem painstakingly slow, are progressively moving in the right direction. A noticeable difference, as you walk along the trails, is the ability to see into the woods for a good distance. Cutting and prescribed fire have helped in the suppression of many invasives. Click here to learn more about Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month.
Enjoy the outdoors and visit our many properties. As always, please stay on the trails and be respectful of other hikers and the plants and animals of our preserve.
Tim Schofield is stewardship director at The Nature Institute, a nonprofit land conservation and environmental education organization in Godfrey.