Garlic Mustard — A Nasty Little Invader

Garlic Mustard forms a monoculture in an Eastern woodland.

Early spring is prime-time to eradicate one of our most relentless local invasive plants: garlic mustard. Here’s what you need to know to ensure this nasty little invader doesn’t overtake your property or surrounding public lands.

Where There’s Smoke There’s Prescribed Fire

NPS burn2

If you were anywhere near Dune Acres on Monday, November 9th, you undoubtedly witnessed the rising smoke that signaled the planned prescribed burn to the south and east of the town was underway.

Lions and Lynxes and Bears (Oh My!)

black bear (Ursus americanus)

In light of the recent sightings of a black bear in LaPorte county, near Michigan City, it’s interesting to consider the many animals that have lived in the Indiana Dunes through the years. A little research yields an eclectic list of critters.

An Early Snow(y) in the Dunes?

Snowy Owl

Many folks don’t associate snowy owls (Bubo scandiacus) with Indiana, but the Dunes are the best place in the state to see these majestic birds.

Cirsium pitcheri—A Thistle Worth Saving

Pitcher's thistle

As the Wisconsin ice sheet retreated into Canada more than 11,000 years ago, seed from Cirsium canescens (Platte thistle) found its way to the newly formed Great Lakes.