What About Woodpeckers?

Go for a hike in any wooded area and you are bound to see holes in trees. Some may be from branches that have died and fallen off, some may be from one tree falling and hitting another, but many are probably from the percussion section of nature’s band: the woodpecker. 

Categories: Birds, Education, Notes from the Land, Seasonal

A Force for Good: Chuck and Hope Lea

Volunteers Chuck and Hope Lea gave more than 11,000 hours of their time to Belwin, monitoring bird activity, recording weather data, documenting wild flowers, and connecting kids with the natural world.

Categories: Birds, Fall 2019, Volunteers

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. 1… Continue Reading Kestrels at Belwin

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… Continue Reading “Hope is the thing with feathers”

Categories: Animals, Birds, Poetry

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