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Conservation Corner: How We Use GIS

The art of cartography has been updated and tweaked through the years as humans have advanced. Even now, mapping is changing and adjusting to our digital world. Here at Fontenelle Forest, we have implemented a geographic information system (GIS) mapping program. Basically, GIS is a way to create, store and…

Take a Hike!

It’s shaping up to be about as good as it gets around here this Labor Day weekend. Sunshine, blue skies, temps in the 70s – what better time to stretch your legs along our 25 miles of beautiful forest trails? And there’s all kinds of others thing to do here,…

Explore Fontenelle Forest: Ridge Trail

My name is Nick Sauvageau and I have been at Fontenelle Forest for 2 years as an Outdoor Educator, Raptor Handler, and you might find me working at the Front Desk. I have had an amazing experience teaching field trips, leading Canoe programs, and spending time with the wonderful people…

GET A BIRD’S EYE VIEW

Go thirty feet above the forest floor and get up close with hawks, owls, falcons and other raptors at our brand new Raptor Wildlife Refuge. Walk across a suspension bridge, wink at an owl, marvel at the grace and power of a ferruginous hawk. See these amazing birds of prey…

Forest Family: Grace Gaard, Naturalist

Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing you to many of the amazing people that help make Fontenelle Forest all that it is today. Our dedicated staff and volunteers work tirelessly to keep everything running smoothly and allow us to provide a place a place for people to both…

Save the Oaks: Another Tool in the Toolbox

As you hike on the trails at Fontenelle Forest or Neale Woods, you may have noticed that there are some work areas in the forest that are rather dramatic, such as where we used chainsaws to remove large trees to create immediate openings in the canopy. Or, if you have…

Raptor Woodland Refuge is now open!

Are you ready to explore Raptor Woodland Refuge? Our latest addition to the Nature Center provides a great opportunity to observe many species of birds of prey in a unique outdoor setting. Observe a raptor, learn more about Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery, and traverse our suspended walkways high above the…

Forest Facts: Periodical Cicadas

It’s hard to believe that one year ago we were scanning the forest for the telltale signs of Brood IV or the Kansan Brood of the 17 year Periodical Cicada emergence. We looked for the first dime sized shaped holes which would herald the beginning of one of nature’s most…

Conservation Corner: Insect, Bird, and Plant Surveys Oh My!

Hello summer! June was monitoring season here at Fontenelle Forest, where field experts delved into the landscape to survey insects, plants, and birds, building a baseline of information to build upon our existing knowledge. Our goal was to document the impacts of conducting restoration activities on our unique landscape. Last…

Field Notes: July 2016

Hello Everyone! It’s been three weeks since I relocated back home to the Metro area and two weeks since I started working as the executive director at the Forest. Not much time has passed but the experience I’ve had here so far has been rich and invigorating. My time thus…

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