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Eastern Meadowlarks Proclaim Spring’s Return

Winter-weary eyes and ears will very soon be rewarded by a plethora of returning birds. The sweet, lazy, flute-like whistle of the Eastern Meadowlark seems to say “See-you-see-yer, spring is here!” Listen to the Eastern Meadowlark’s call. A well-known member of the grassland and open spaces community, Meadowlarks spend ...


Cheery Winter Wonders

White-breasted Nuthatches are a familiar site at our feeders in the winter. They are cheeky birds that make a little nasal nyuk-nyuk- nyuk noise that can lead you right to them. They creep along the tree trunks going sideways and upside down, probing into bark furrows with their straight, pointed ...


When Winter Favors Summer Weeds

On the shortest day of 2016, more than 100 people came to Belwin for our first Solstice Bonfire. Great piles of buckthorn branches were burned, music was sung, stories were told and friendships—with others and with the land—were made. The evening wasn’t just about celebrating the Winter ...


Finding Light In The Darkness

We glided quietly through the winter night, down a dark and winding road. I could tell my son was tired by the nature of his questions – deep and searching, the way he often speaks in the gentle minutes just before sleep. “”How would the world be different,” he asked, “if ...


Belwin Hires Development Manager

Belwin Conservancy is pleased to announce that Marta McCormack has joined its team as development manager. In her new role, Marta will be responsible for developing creative ways to engage and build the Belwin membership base, strategizing for the future of the organization and implementing fundraising plans. “We are so ...


A Legacy of Land Conservation

David Hartwell has served on the Belwin Conservancy board since 1974, joining at the age of 18. He became president in 1986 and, in his time serving, the grandson of Belwin founders Charles Bell and Lucy Winton Bell has helped transform Belwin from 225 acres of land dedicated for Saint ...


David Hartwell receives national land conservation award

On Friday, October 29, 2016, the Land Trust Alliance presented Belwin Conservancy Board President David Hartwell with its prestigious Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award. The award was given at the Alliance’s Rally 2016: The National Land Conservation Conference welcoming dinner, held at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minn. In ...


What’s the Buzz About?

University of Minnesota bee researchers report their Summer 2016 findings Counting the Bees By Joel Gardner, Bee Lab Technician; with Elaine Evans, PhD Candidate and Michelle Vohs, Undergraduate Assistant Research objective: Determining the species and number of bees living in the Belwin Conservancy, the St. Paul/Baldwin Plains and Moraines ...


Children in Nature: A partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools

"The human child in nature may well be the most important indicator species of future sustainability." -- Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods The year was 1970 and issues facing conservationists then were strikingly similar to what we face today: over-development of ecologically important land and children spending ...


Unveiling an Endangered Ecosystem

Monday, July 25, marked the official premiere of our Lake Edith Oak Savanna to Belwin Conservancy members. After being rescheduled from the previous week due to excessive heat, a crowd of about 75 members was eager to explore the savanna, especially to view the well-known but seldom-seen Lake Edith. Belwin ...