Animals

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

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

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 concerned. There may not be cover for a bird [...]

Categories: Animals, Birds, Land Management, Plants

Spring Awakening

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 forest fills with an urgent chorus. It must be high honor [...]

Categories: Animals

The Impact of Bison at Belwin Conservancy

Originally published on the NorthStar Bison Blog. “I can’t even describe how incorporating bison have enhanced the landscape here. The quality and maturation of our prairie has been improved by 4x. The balance and abundance of insects, wildlife, wildflowers and grasses here is second to none in the country. Simultaneously, our management energy and costs [...]

Categories: Animals, Bison
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