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Since the 2005 publication of Richard Louv’s groundbreaking book, “Last Child in the Woods”, the term “nature-deficit disorder” has become part of the lexicon, not just for parents and educators, but for a public concerned with who is going to care for natural spaces in the future. Over the ...


Birds in the Heartland: Aerial Insectivores

Least Flycatcher. Photo by Greg Seitz. Float up, dive down, quick turn, out and back from the twig perch. Graceful, flowing, surprising in their agility as they move through space. This describes the aerial acrobatics of a group of birds that hunt for food “on the fly.” What are they ...


Spring Awakening

Photo by Brian Gratwicke. At the edge of night the sun pulls down its soothing shade and peepers creeping from leafy covers tune up to sing. Who will start this evening’s song with fluted notes that serenade the night? Someone begins, the same song his ancestors sang, and the ...


On the Cutting Edge

Sometimes, saving a forest means cutting down a few trees. That’s what Belwin land managers were doing this winter, when approximately 100 red pines were cut from a planted stand near the Belwin Education Center. While trees have many important benefits for the environment, human health, wildlife, and more ...


Exploring Connections between Art and Ecology

In 2015 and 2016, Belwin joined nearly two dozen organizations in a series of conversations exploring connections between creativity and the environment in the St. Croix Valley. The initiative, called Navigate, helped groups like Belwin, ArtReach St. Croix, area artists and chambers of commerce, create a shared vision for using ...


Valley Creek flows clear on a cold midwinter’s night

As it spins through the galaxy in trajectory around the sun, the Earth leans on its axis, 23.5-degrees. That slightest lean means all the difference between warm summer days, sun on the back and toes in the soft, brown dirt – that and the cold bite of winter, frozen breath ...


The St. Croix Connection

Belwin’s work to protect the prized Valley Creek has big benefits downstream in the Wild & Scenic River it joins. Photo by Greg Seitz. Valley Creek is clean and healthy, but it really shouldn’t be. The headwaters of the cold and crystal-clear stream are found at the edge of ...


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 ...