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Musicians of the Morning

Spring has arrived! It is the time for long walks in the sunshine, sitting outside with friends with a glass of your favorite beverage, and, for those of us in love with birds, it is the time to listen for the mesmerizing chorus of returning bird songs. Perhaps one of ...


Skydance! The Woodcock’s Magical Mating Ritual

From about the middle of April through the end of May, the American Woodcock (Scolopax minor), or Timberdoodle, performs a magical evening mating ritual on the edge of open fields, prairies and wood edges. As day turns to dusk, the dancer quietly enters the open area, arriving on the ground ...


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 ...