News

New Bridge at Belwin Connects Students to Nature

On October 5, Belwin Conservancy and Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) celebrated the completion of a new footbridge that will allow students of all abilities to access outdoor education opportunities. SPPS Superintendent Dr. Joe Gothard, Belwin Executive Director Nancy Kafka, Belwin Outdoor Science Education Director Josh Leonard, Kim Lawler of ...


Super Bowl Grant Funds Tree Planting at LWBAF

On August 22, 2017, more than 60 volunteers planted 350 trees at Belwin Conservancy’s Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields (LWBAF). The trees were purchased using a grant from the Super Bowl LII Urban Forestry Program, whose aim is to reduce the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and leave ...


Grace in Motion

A slender, elegant bird, long of wing, glides magically across wetlands, prairies and meadows. It flies with a light and airy grace, moving low over the vegetation as it hunts its prey. The Northern Harrier is poetry in motion. As a member of the raptor family, the Northern Harrier (Circus ...


Witnessing the Historic Eclipse at Belwin

Photos by David Truchot. Photos by David Truchot. Photos by David Truchot. Photos by David Truchot. Photos by David Truchot. Photos by David Truchot. ❮ ❯ On Monday, August 21, 2017, members of the Minnesota Astronomical Society (MAS) and Belwin Conservancy converged at Belwin's J.J. Casby Observatory to witness a ...


Mysterious Marvels or Villainous Vagabonds?

Photo by Bear golden retriever from Auburn, N.Y., via Wikimedia Commons. Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater) are a member of the Icteridae family, which includes all species of Blackbirds as well as Orioles, Meadowlarks and Bob-o-links. They are a stocky bird with a stout, short bill and can be found ...


The Gregarious Acrobat

Swooping down, bouncing up, flitting side to side! This is the whimsical dance of the lively, yellow bird we call the American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis). It is this bird, particularly the male, that we watch for eagerly in spring to herald the coming warmer weather as his plumage changes from ...


Fueling Up in Stopover Country

Common Nighthawk. Photo by Gary L. Clark. Think about your last road trip. Do you remember how many miles you traveled? How often you stopped to eat? Where you spent the night? Were you able to get a good night’s rest or were there disturbances? Was it easy to ...


The Bison Are Back!

Photo by Mike Laughton. We’re excited to announce that a herd of 40 male juvenile bison from NorthStar Bison in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, have arrived at Belwin Conservancy. These young bison will spend their summer grazing 120 acres of our prairie, aerating the soil, and creating wallows to collect ...


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 ...