The hills are alive with milkweed (and butterflies!)

Tanglewood news July 15th 2020

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, we will hold our annual fundraiser remotely – as a hikeathon! By signing up for our first ever Trek for Tanglewood, you will be supporting the preservation of over 300 acres of forever wild land, and the education of over 30,000 children a year on the wonders of the natural world. The hikeathon will run Sep.17th-Oct. 1st 2020.

You can register right up until the last day, but if you register by August 20th, you’re guaranteed a Trek for Tanglewood t-shirt!

Register online, hike anywhere for any distance, ask your family and friends to sponsor your hiking, and snap a pic while you’re at it – you can submit photos to win prizes from Ruffwear swag for your hiking puppy, trekking poles, backpacks, and more.

TRAILS ARE OPEN, so enjoy a hike! The Green Trail (around the top of the hill) is absolutely bursting with milkweed, tons of swallowtail and monarch butterflies, and happy burbling songbirds – go take a stroll and enjoy!

What we’re reading this week:

  • A new biocontrol was released last month to defeat the invasive plant Japanese Knotweed. “A week after releasing the 2,000 A. itadori adults at two locations in New York’s Tioga and Broome counties, the researchers found the insects had successfully laid thousands of eggs.”
  •  “Killsalive and the Standing Rock generation —the generation of Indigenous young people who came of age in the movement — have transformed Indian Country, the United States and the world.” Reflections on the DAPL decision.
  • Northern Ontario’s muskeg serves as home to dozens of First Nations, stores immense amounts of carbon and sits on top of vast mineral deposits. Whose vision for the bogs and fens will win out?

Be well and hike often.  Share your photos and nature stories with us!

Reminder! Dogs are allowed at Personius Woods, but NOT on the trails by the nature center. We are preserving ground-nesting bird habitats and appreciate your cooperation. We encourage you to hike with your dogs along the streams, fields, and forests at Personius.