Birds

Kestrels at Belwin

Great news for declining kestrel populations! In June 2021, members of the Saint Paul Audubon Society Conservation Committee (SPASCC) found five kestrel chicks in one of two nesting boxes at Belwin. The birds fledged after about 30 days. In 2020, SPASCC members found four nestlings and one unhatched egg in a box at Belwin. 123456Photos [...]

Categories: Birds

Caruncle, Wattle, Snood and Beard

Caruncle, wattle, snood and beard, tom, hen, gobble and strut… A new language? Some new rap lyrics? Nope! They all refer to the wild turkey.

Categories: Animals, Birds, Education, Seasonal

“Hope is the thing with feathers”

“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers –That perches in the soul –And sings the tune without the words –And never stops – at all – ”— “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson I have not suffered like many during this last pandemic year.  Even so, it’s been a challenge. I’ve been caring [...]

Categories: Animals, Birds, Poetry

Signs of Spring

It’s oh, so cold out right now! We are donning extra layers and paying attention to fingers and toes that might be prone to frostbite. We are weary and it seems like winter will go on forever. But take heart! We have passed the point of no return and nature is already preparing for the coming spring.

Categories: Animals, Birds, Seasonal

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
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