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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 ...


Birds in the Heartland: Dark-eyed Junco

Photo by Dave Menke, USFWS. It begins with stillness now, the morning. The cacophony of bird song has diminished. In its place, the soft murmur of wind and the quiet, distinctive chip of the cardinal begin the day. As light progresses the chickadees become active, flitting to and fro collecting ...


Exploring the Concept of “EVOLUTION + DECAY = GROWTH”

From the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 issue of The Meadowlark Belwin’s Living Values Protect land and use the land to support the organization’s mission. Create partnerships that play to one another’s expertise, don’t overlap and are specific to Belwin. Restore the land so people can have ...


Members and Supporters: Q&A with Development Director Marta McCormack

From the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 issue of The Meadowlark One year ago, Marta McCormack joined Belwin Conservancy as Development Manager. In that time, she’s learned a lot about the organization and its members, including the one thing that every member seems to have in common: a passion for ...