“The Hill We Climb”

Truth and wonder and heartache and joy. All this and more was wrapped into “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate, at the U.S. presidential and vice-presidential inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2021. Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” during the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, [...]

Categories: Arts, Culture, and Ecology

Silence Turns to Sound

If you step outside in the pre-dawn hours at this time of year, you may hear this: nothing. Perhaps as you listen closer, the wind may make its presence known but more often than not, it’s the crisp air and silent landscape that makes this time its own.

Categories: Animals, Birds

A Hidden World Under the Snow

The subnivean zone (Latin for “under snow”) is what makes winter life for mice, voles and shrews a bit easier. This shallow, open space forms under deep, layered snow and can maintain a relatively stable temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Categories: Animals

You Brought Out the Best in 2020!

Thank you to all who gave their time, money, and goodwill in 2020! Because of your support, Belwin Conservancy was able to install wildlife-friendly fencing, perform restoration work on nearly 900 acres, permanently protect 97 acres, and much more.

Categories: Supporters

Notes from the Land: Great Horned Owls

As the season turns from fall to winter, many of us are hunkering down and staying cozy in our homes. Early darkness and cold can keep us from venturing out; however, if you’re looking for some magic and want a little adventure it’s time to start listening for owls. Their mating season has begun! There [...]

Categories: Animals, Birds

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