Dave Menke, USFWS

The Belwin Conservancy and our members are working together to protect the St. Croix Valley through land conservation, scientifically-based ecological restoration and by building connections between people and the natural world. The Belwin Conservancy's 1,375 acre preserve includes oak savanna and woodlands, tallgrass prairie, wetlands, and fens. It is home to numerous rare and threatened plants and animals. The Belwin Conservancy is a nonprofit organization and needs your help to continue working to protect the landscape and wildlife of this area.

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Birds in the Heartland: Great Horned Owl

Photo by Peter K Burian. Just past dusk and the air is brisk. Starlight begins to twinkle and the quiet of nighttime is at hand. A large shadow flies across the path and, into the silence, muffled and subdued, comes the low and resonant “Whooo-Whooo-Whoo” of the Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). This sound elicits many emotions: awe, fear, excitement ...

Fire and Light Mark the Longest Night

It all started with 20 red pines, standing tall, crowding out one another to get to the light. Planted in an unnatural plantation decades ago, they were situated too close to the Belwin Outdoor Science Education Center and susceptible to disease—ripe for thinning. Such plantations are called “ecological deserts” by many naturalists because so few native species, from flowers ...

The impact of bison at Belwin Conservancy

Originally published on the NorthStar Bison Blog. “I can't even describe how incorporating bison have enhanced the landscape here. The quality and maturation of our prairie has been improved by 4x. The balance and abundance of insects, wildlife, wildflowers and grasses here is second to none in the country. Simultaneously, our management energy and costs have plummeted. All thanks ...

The Beaver at Bulrush Slough

Belwin Conservancy is happy to report that a beaver is living at Bulrush Slough. The busy beaver was captured by our trail camera as it was chewing on a tree stump. Bulrush Slough is located across from the Belwin Outdoor Science Lower Classroom. Students with special needs use this accessible classroom and a newly constructed bridge across the slough to ...

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