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Signs in Nature

Just like during road construction season, Belwin Conservancy has signs too! Ours don’t limit speed but instead inform visitors: “Turtle Crossing” or “This way to the bison!” or, perhaps most importantly, “Open to Everyone Year-Round!” While there are literal signs at Belwin, nature also provides plenty to those willing ...


Belwin Welcomes New Executive Director

Photo by Rigel Bloome. We are excited to welcome Katie Bloome to Belwin Conservancy as our new executive director. Katie will lead the Belwin team as we protect and restore our landholdings, expand our programming and public outreach, and continue and strengthen our 47-year partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools ...


At Play on the Prairie

Belwin’s Annual Bison Release celebrates the connection between bison and prairie with EcoArt Fest and 5K Run Photo by Sharon Sykora Did you attend the bison release? Take our short survey and give us your feedback! On a cool spring day in May, the prairie at Belwin was already ...


Butterflies of the Bird World

"In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence." – Robert Lynd A light step, an alert awareness, an eager anticipation. These are some of the necessary ingredients for spring birding. This is the time of year when our hearts are full of excitement for longer ...


Year of the Bird

“If you take care of birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems in the world.” – Thomas Lovejoy, biologist and godfather of biodiversity Bluebirds are back at Belwin! Waterfowl are heading north along the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers! Sandhill Cranes have been seen and heard flying overhead ...


Art of the North: Experiencing a winter night at Belwin

A luminaria, the observatory, and the moon. Winter’s long night is just starting to give way to spring’s sun in our latitudes. We are well into ten hours of daylight, and the pace of its lengthening is accelerating everyday. At Belwin Conservancy’s Annual Open House on Feb ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...