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Night in Nature 2017

From the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 issue of The Meadowlark On a warm and clear night in mid-September, we opened the gates of Belwin to members and friends for our annual Night in Nature event. Billed as an evening to experience Belwin and fall in love with it, the perfect ...


Inspiring Connections Across Belwin

From the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 issue of The Meadowlark When I applied for the amazing job of program manager at Belwin, I was asked to review our 21st Century Master and Strategic Plan and recommend next steps using the arts to help Belwin communicate its mission: Inspiring our connection ...


Director's Message: Evolution + Decay = Growth

From the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 issue of The Meadowlark The Belwin team watches tadpoles from the newly constructed bridge over Bulrush Slough. Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on the same day of the same year – February 12, 1809. Each lost their mothers early in their lives – Darwin ...


A Force for Good: Meet Steve Martin, Belwin Volunteer

From the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 issue of The Meadowlark Like many people, Steve Martin first learned about Belwin by attending the annual bison release. Two years ago, the former executive director of Family Pathways witnessed the crowds, felt the excitement, heard the Belwin story at the release, and wanted ...


Making Connections: Meet New Member Wade Wenzel

From the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 issue of The Meadowlark We’re pleased to welcome new members to the Belwin family and look forward to introducing you to some of them in each issue of The Meadowlark. Read on to learn about Wade’s special connection to Belwin, as told ...


New Bridge at Belwin Connects Students to Nature

On October 5, Belwin Conservancy and Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) celebrated the completion of a new footbridge that will allow students of all abilities to access outdoor education opportunities. SPPS Superintendent Dr. Joe Gothard, Belwin Executive Director Nancy Kafka, Belwin Outdoor Science Education Director Josh Leonard, Kim Lawler of ...


Super Bowl Grant Funds Tree Planting at LWBAF

On August 22, 2017, more than 60 volunteers planted 350 trees at Belwin Conservancy’s Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields (LWBAF). The trees were purchased using a grant from the Super Bowl LII Urban Forestry Program, whose aim is to reduce the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and leave ...


Grace in Motion

A slender, elegant bird, long of wing, glides magically across wetlands, prairies and meadows. It flies with a light and airy grace, moving low over the vegetation as it hunts its prey. The Northern Harrier is poetry in motion. As a member of the raptor family, the Northern Harrier (Circus ...


Witnessing the Historic Eclipse at Belwin

Photos by David Truchot. Photos by David Truchot. Photos by David Truchot. Photos by David Truchot. Photos by David Truchot. Photos by David Truchot. ❮ ❯ On Monday, August 21, 2017, members of the Minnesota Astronomical Society (MAS) and Belwin Conservancy converged at Belwin's J.J. Casby Observatory to witness a ...


Mysterious Marvels or Villainous Vagabonds?

Photo by Bear golden retriever from Auburn, N.Y., via Wikimedia Commons. Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater) are a member of the Icteridae family, which includes all species of Blackbirds as well as Orioles, Meadowlarks and Bob-o-links. They are a stocky bird with a stout, short bill and can be found ...