2019 News Stories

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 ...