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Community Partnerships to Study and Enhance Ecological Diversity

As the cemetery management practices evolve to become more sustainable, Bellefontaine has been cultivating partnerships with organizations to study and enhance the biodiversity on the cemetery grounds. Our first partnership began with The Audubon Center at Riverlands in 2013. Its purpose was to conduct a two year bird count to…...

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Good Works Day Volunteer Program at Bellefontaine

Through a partnership with the Audubon Center at Riverlands, Bellefontaine Cemetery has been working to provide and improve upon wildlife habitat within our 314-acre campus. Part of our work with the center involves a group of gifted students from Crossroads College Preparatory School in St. Louis. Each year, Crossroads students…...

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Persimmon Test to Predict Winter

Our horticulturist, Kyle, performed an old farmer’s method for predicting the severity of winter by cutting a persimmon seed in half and observing the shape of the cotyledons (the first two leaves to develop from a seed). These old-fashioned tests for forecasting weather conditions range from schemes involving goose bones,…...

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Luna Moth Caterpillar

Our horticulturist found this Luna Moth (Actias luna) caterpillar feeding on the leaves of a river birch tree. He placed his hand behind the caterpillar for scale. The Luna Moth lays its eggs on a variety of deciduous trees including walnut, beech, persimmon, and hickory. Within two weeks, caterpillars hatch from the…...

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