2012 News Stories

New Observation Tower

As detailed previously in The Meadowlark, in 2011 we found that the observation tower which stood above Kettelkamp Prairie for 40 years was beyond repair. Over the winter we began to construct a brand new tower. In April 2012, after months of preparation, we hired a crane to lift the ...


Phenology, Citizen Science and Climate Change Literacy

“We had not peas nor strawberries here till the 8th of this month. On the same day I heard the first whip-poor-will...Tell me when you shall have peas up...when every kind of tree blossoms and puts forth leaves, when each kind of flower blooms...Yours tenderly, my dear ...


Newness

Spring transforms the land. Ice and snow melt, bare twigs leaf out, brown grass becomes green, and the earth wakes up, again! Change is always with us, but for some reason it’s easier to see in the springtime. As with nature, spring has brought other changes to the Belwin ...


Assessing and Surveying an Oak Savanna Restoration

Pam Frink, a graduate student at Hamline University, completed part of her capstone field studying oak savannas including our restoration at Lake Edith. Oak savannas are plant communities containing forbs and grasses with scattered bur oak trees. Although once very common in this area, due to farming, over- grazing, fire ...


Restoring a Floodplain Forest

You might say that prairie restoration is our low- hanging fruit. With relatively little effort a field can be seeded to prairie and maintained, especially if it was recently in agriculture. Barring a few recent acquisitions, most of the open fields at the Belwin Conservancy’s preserve have been planted ...


Welcome Nancy!

I have to admit, I was a little nervous when I took on the position of Interim Executive Director. There were some pretty big shoes to fill, albeit temporarily. Looking back, I’m so thankful to have had this opportunity. I have learned so much about the Belwin Conservancy as ...