2014 News Stories

Monitoring Macro-Invertebrates in Valley Creek

Since the fall of 1998, the first Fridays in October and May have been especially memorable for biology students at Stillwater Area High School; these are the dates for our field trip to Valley Creek with Belwin Conservancy. We have been conducting a macro-invertebrate study of this exceptionally beautiful stream ...


Busy Bees

The phenomenon “colony collapse disorder,” or CCD, has gained media attention thanks to books and documentaries like Vanishing of the Bees. While the focus of CCD typically falls on honeybees, the domesticated European Apis mellifera introduced to North America in the early 1600s, they are just one species of the ...


Belwin Buckthorn Bust!

Buckthorn, yarrrrgh!” cried out a student in a crowded hallway as he pumped his fist in the air. It was March 2008 at Como Park Senior High School where I was a biology teacher. We had completed a large buckthorn bust in October as part of a unit on invasive ...


Making Hay While the Sun Shines

Spring. Busting forth. Multiplying. Greening. Growing. Moving forward. Master plan. Solar panels. Agreements. Budgets. Garlic mustard surveying. Membership renewals. Planning. Fixing machines. Grant writing. Board meetings. Volunteer marketing committee meetings. Partner meetings. Researching. Soccer. Baseball. Fundraising. Frog walks. Bird walks. Bird surveys. Equipment breaking. Prescribed prairie burning. Equipment purchase. Map ...


Seed Scavenging

At the Belwin Conservancy we use locally harvested prairie seed for our new restorations as well as enhancing our existing restorations. Since 2009, Belwin Conservancy has seeded over 150 acres of prairie and savanna, and we are gearing up to seed an additional 30 acres this fall (2013) and spring ...


Hope & Chuck Lea

If you happen wander into the Belwin education center on any given day, you will encounter excited students getting ready for their classes and for being outdoors. The students may be doing lots of different things while at Belwin. They may be learning how to take photographs of nature with ...


Weather

It is cliché that every conversation in Minnesota begins and ends with a discussion of the weather. It seems up here in the northern plains, we are always gazing skyward. At the Belwin Conservancy we are no different. We remain preoccupied by the weather because this aspect of nature dictates ...


Director's Message

A few months ago, Belwin Conservancy staff were waiting for the weather to clear. There was a realization that as much as we’d like to think differently, the work that needs doing to maintain the healthy and sustainable ecology we call Belwin Conservancy is completely dependent on something over ...