2020 News Stories

Notes from the Land: Reading Sign

It is the season of rut (mating) for the White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and there are many signs to look for when you are out on your next hike at Belwin Conservancy. The most obvious are rubs and scrapes, both of which help a buck (male) mark his territory. They ...


Notes from the Land: Juvenile Osprey Rescue

Sunday, August 23 was a stellar day to be on the water: hot, sunny, and calm. Belwin Conservancy Operations Director Justin Sykora thought so too and was in his boat on the St. Croix River with his family near Bayport when he spotted some real-life nature drama. On the shore ...


Notes from the Land: Cicada Killer Wasp

The Cicada Killer Wasp: While this sounds like an episode of the Twilight Zone, the cicada killer wasp (Specius speciosus), is actually a native, solitary wasp. True to their name, they hunt and capture cicadas, which they store in their underground burrows. Cicadas are an insect that creates the loud ...


Belwin and Partners to Create Conservation Area Park in Afton

On June 23, 2020, the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a Land and Water Legacy Program project that supports creation of a conservation area park with public hiking trails in the City of Afton. Belwin Conservancy, the City of Afton, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the county ...


Virtual Field Trips by Belwin a Success

An eighth-grade student from Saint Paul Public Schools poses with a bluebird house that she helped to install at Belwin. Photo by Joshua Leonard. After working with the SPPS science team to support science specialists early in COVID response education, Belwin Outdoor Science (BOS) launched their first Virtual Field Trips ...


We Stand in Solidarity

We are standing in solidarity with those demanding justice for George Floyd, an end to police brutality against communities of color, and an end to systemic racism across the country. In a week that included not only the horrific murder of George Floyd but also the attempts of a white ...


Creating Living Landscapes: Why They Matter and What You Can Do to Help

Photo by Lori Moilanen. As you drive down any street in any town, city, or even the countryside, what you most likely see are squares of mowed green grass, maybe a flower garden and a few shrubs. These are dead landscapes as far as insects, reptiles, amphibians and birds are ...


Honey Bee Dancing at Belwin

Researchers conducted flower surveys and collected flowers within Belwin's reconstructed prairies to aid their study Excerpted from the article published February 12, 2020. Read the complete paper online at https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0228169 Researcher Morgan K. Carr holds a sugar-water feeder and marks honey bees ...