Category Archives: Nature

White Pelican & Great Egret Spotted at Wolf Lake

by Carolyn A. Marsh        Rick Catania took the beautiful photograph of an American White Pelican with a Great Egret on October 11, 2018 seen here at Forsythe Park/Wolf Lake.  Another pelican joined it, but I saw only one on October 25.      There was a lot of drama at Forsythe Park in October. Many…

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Winter Gardening Tips from Purdue Extension

Those Bulbs and Pull the Blanket Over Your Garden Fewer daylight hours; gray, rainy days and colder temperatures are reminders that winter is just a few quick weeks away. Use any days of sunshine to plant bulbs and put the garden to bed using this tips from Purdue Extension Porter County. Wrap Your Trees: Smooth…

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New Silo At Sunset Hill Park to Open at Winter Lights Fest

    A new silo-themed program center at Sunset Hill Farm County Park has officially started construction. The 700 square-foot building, which pays homage to the history of Sunset Hill as a former farm, will provide space for additional programming as well as venue rentals. The decision to construct the silo was prompted by increases in…

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Fall Colors at LaPorte County Parks

    The beautiful autumn colors are illuminating the county.  Put on your walking shoes and discover the beauty of autumn in our four parks.  We have so many scenic trails you and your family can enjoy with the burst of colors shinning among the fall foliage.  Oh, and don’t forget your four legged pets two…

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New Observation Deck at Sunset Hill Park

A new wetland observation deck at Sunset Hill Farm County Park is ready for visitors. Located on the northeast side of the pond, the viewing platform provides access for birdwatching and observing wetland wildlife. It will also serve as a place to provide educational programming about wetland plants and animals, which has become a popular…

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What to do About Brown Grass

Lawn looking pretty sad? Welcome to the club.   Summer can be tough times for otherwise lush lawns. This time of year it’s not uncommon to find lawns with big, brown patches; thin spots, or even grass that looks dead. The Purdue Extension Porter County feels your pain, according to John Nash, Purdue Master Gardener…

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Chautauqua in the Dunes

Chautauqua in the Dunes is four full days of events, August 16-19, 2018. Chautauqua will build on the cultural, historical, environmental, economic, political, and religious heritage found here in Northwest Indiana and throughout the Dunes region. Chautauquas were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century as accessible and participatory educational models. They were…

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Illiana Birds: Hammond Bird Sanctuary Workday

by Carolyn A. Marsh, Site Steward        The first Hammond Bird Sanctuary workday held July 21was a big success. The Orland Grassland Volunteers, Purdue University Hammond Bound students, a Hammond Port Authority crew and locals worked as a team to accomplish some much needed plant maintenance in the Lakefront Park and Sanctuary.       The effort…

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Moisture-Induced Diseases Infect Tomatoes, Blue Spruce

Spots on tomato leaves may be a sign that recent rains are doing more harm than good in your garden. According to Purdue Extension – Porter County, adequate moisture is necessary but with too much rain, and temperatures and humidity in the high 90s, homeowners have concerns about blight on tomatoes and their Colorado blue…

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Paderewski Statue Dedicated at Friendship Botanic Gardens

     A new bronze bust of Polish statesman, composer, and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski was welcomed into the Polish Garden during a dedication ceremony held May 20th at the Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City, Ind.      The project and event were sponsored by the Polish Heritage Association of Michigan City.        The original bust…

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