2013 News Stories

Belwin by Numbers

Have you ever wondered about Belwin Conservancy’s operational costs? What our fundraising goals are? How successful our fundraising actually is? What we accomplished last year and what our plans for this year might be? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this issue of The Meadowlark is ...


Lake Edith

Located at the headwaters of the north branch of Valley Creek, the Belwin Conservancy’s Lake Edith Natural Area stands at 238 acres. It is almost 20% of Belwin's total land area and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places at our preserve. The Belwin Conservancy has been working ...


The Earliest Invader

As the weather warms, I, like any sane Minnesotan, join in the collective excitement for the change of seasons. I’m not quite aware of how quiet the winter has been until the birds that were brave enough to overwinter start to sing again. One of my favorite colors in ...


Wind and Bird Survey Accuracy

Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth Rigbys is working on her degree in wildlife ecology at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. She conducted a field study at the Belwin Conservancy last fall studying how birds are counted during a bird survey. The Belwin Conservancy hosts several bird counts every year ...


Director's Message

Kathleen Norris gets my vote for wonderful writing. Many years ago, my sister turned me onto The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and "Women's Work". The book illuminated how simple things are beautiful and that intention is the secret ingredient. Much of the work we do here at the Belwin ...


The Next Phase of Oak Savanna Restoration

In June of this year, the Belwin Conservancy was awarded a Conservation Partners Legacy grant by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources with funding provided by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. Over this coming winter, we will use this grant to expand on the oak savanna restoration at our Lake ...


Birding at Belwin

It’s 5 a.m. on the 7th of May and I am already in my car, heading toward Stagecoach Prairies. Upon arrival I quietly close my car door. With clipboard, data sheet, and an iPod (loaded with iBird – a birding app) in hand I slip up the trail to ...


Mechanical Advantage

The Belwin Conservancy has a secret. It's the reason only six people are able to stay on top of a preserve nearly 1,400 acres in size. It's also one reason why we've been so consistently successful in our restoration projects to date. The secret? It's ...


A Summer at Belwin

Belwin Outdoor Science’s efforts in educating the youth of St. Paul Public Schools are no secret, as countless students – myself included – have had the privilege of visiting Belwin’s Education Center. It is here that students get the rare chance of experiencing hands-on learning in the outdoors, and are ...