TRAILS CLOSED DEC. 5-8: All Fontenelle Forest trails and the Raptor Woodland Refuge will be CLOSED from Mon., Dec. 5 through Thurs., Dec. 8, for our annual managed deer hunt. The Nature Center and Neale Woods will remain open.

TRAILS CLOSED DEC. 5-8: All Fontenelle Forest trails and the Raptor Woodland Refuge will be CLOSED from Mon., Dec. 5 through Thurs., Dec. 8, for our annual managed deer hunt. The Nature Center and Neale Woods will remain open.

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Field Notes – March 2016

Greetings Fontenelle Forest Members and Friends! We are excited that spring is just around the corner! Of course, that means the Forest will soon be awakening from its long winter slumber. Plants will be growing again and Forest animals will become more active and visible. Migratory birds will also soon…

Call for Raptor Woodland Refuge Docents

Do you like to chat with others?  Have a passion for raptors? You may be interested in becoming a Raptor Woodland Refuge Docent! Docents are volunteer naturalists who share their knowledge and passion for Nebraska’s raptors. Minimum Requirements: Must be 18 years of age Must be able to communicate effectively…

From the Leaflet – March and April 2016

Spring is almost here! With warmer weather comes a lot of exciting programming, from the return of Fairy Faire to the another year of the Nebraska Science Festival at the Forest.  Here the featured events and programs requiring registration for March and April. View the March / April Leaflet here. Featured events…

Little Stars Astronomy

Our new program, Little Stars Astronomy, is geared toward preschoolers and their parents. It’s based on a nationwide initiative called My Sky Tonight – a project to engage young children in the practices of science through Astronomy. Studies show that engaging in science practices at a young age helps children…

#savetheoaks: A Day in the Life of a Land Steward

Each morning, we get in our cars drive through the city, and see many individuals dragging along, drinking coffee and reluctantly heading to their place of employment. For me this couldn’t be further from the truth. Our daily work operations, at Fontenelle Forest, whether it is winter, spring, summer, or…

Free Flight (February 2016)

There’s a brand new building at the Raptor Recovery Rehabilitation Center in Elmwood.  The old 8-cage Stall Barn was replaced with a new 13-cage Stall Barn. In just a few months, this building has reduced the backlog of birds waiting for intermediate housing in the progression from hospital to freedom. Finally completed…

Membership Milepost

First, I would like to say thank you to the many members and visitors who gave us feedback regarding these changes. Starting February 1 membership prices now reflect the large community Fontenelle Forest has become. Individual, Two Individuals, and Household levels will each increase $10. I’m also excited to announce…

Raptors at Risk: Lead Poisoning

Lead is a material that has a long-standing history of use by people for a variety of different applications. For thousands of years it has served purposes such as decorative sculptures, cooking utensils, water pipes, and, more recently, inexpensive ammunition. Over the past few decades, the practical applications of this…

SUN: Seniors Understanding Nature

Once a month a group of senior citizens gather at Fontenelle Forest for conversation and learning. Some of those who attend have been coming to this program for several years and return every month for another new experience. The SUN (Seniors Understanding Nature) program was created in 2002 by one…

Field Notes – January 2016

Greetings and Happy New Year Fontenelle Forest members and friends! We are excited about some of Fontenelle Forest’s recent happenings and look forward to a banner year in 2016 for the Forest. At this writing, Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery treated 555 birds of prey in 2015. This is the second…

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