Numerous species of mammals, birds, insects, invertebrates and amphibians call Taltree home.


Eastern Bluebird

Taltree’s Trumpeter Swans Taltree’s largest birds are permanent residents. The mated pair of Trumpeter Swans, considered endangered in Indiana, are pinioned and cannot fly. They spent spring and summer in the wetland, but we took special precautions for winter. In the fall, Larry MaAfee, DVM, with the assistance of a veterinary technician and Taltree staff, […]

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Swallowtail Butterfly

There are a variety of butterflies that call Taltree home throughout the spring and summer. Taltree offers Monarchs, an endangered species, and others a safe haven in its Native Plant Garden Monarch Waystation.

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Endangered Species

Taltree is home to endangered plant and wildlife species. We have almost 60 rare plant species, many of which prefer wetland areas that stay consistently moist. Examples include Gentiana flavida (yellow gentian) and Oenothera perennis (small sundrops). For wildlife, Taltree is home to the endangered black sandshell mussels and Trumpeter swans.  

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