The Twig

The Twig is our print newsletter that comes out three times a year. Members receive The Twig free in the mail and everyone is welcome to read it online. Learn about conservation news, environmental education stories, interviews, outdoors events, and much more. To become a member, click here.

The Summer 2023 issue of The Twig is "The Endangered Species Issue." Over 800 species are considered State Endangered, of State Special Concern, or State Threatened in Indiana. Preserving declining habitats like wetlands and prairies for rare, threatened, and endangered species is one of Sycamore’s most important conservation priorities.

In this special, expanded “Endangered Species Issue,” we highlight the threatened species that rely on Sycamore’s preserves and share inspiring stories of endangered species bouncing back on the land in our care. We follow our Land Stewardship team into the field to learn about habitat restoration projects that support endangered species, including our native grassland restoration project at Sam Shine Foundation Preserve to create habitat for the endangered barn owl and other threatened species. We spotlight new conservation easements to protect habitat for the federally-endangered Indiana bat and hear some great news from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Biologist Andy King about this year’s high population counts. Take a walk along the firebreak at a controlled burn at Downey Hill this spring, learn about spotting the very rare cypress firefly again this year in the wetlands Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve, and flip over some coverboards to hunt for the endangered Kirtland’s snake. Cover photo: Endangered Virginia rail at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve by Scott Evans.

Click on the viewer above to read the Summer 2023 issue online.
To download a copy, click here (PDF).

The editor of The Twig is Kate Hammel. The designer is Danielle Lucas of Studio Loupe.