Sat, Jun 4 , 2016
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Belwin Conservancy
15363 11th St S,
Afton, MN 55001
The Belwin Conservancy, in eastern Washington County, maintains large areas of prairie, woods, and oak savanna. We will first walk through a wooded area to the 135 acres of grasslands of the Stagecoach Prairies, a haven for open-country bird species, including Vesper and Lark Sparrows. We will also stop at the bison observation platform to take in the view of the 140-acre prairie where bison graze during the summer months. In both areas, we’ll hope to see American Kestrels making use of nest boxes installed by Belwin and Saint Paul Audubon.
Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous, with hills and possibly hot sunshine.
Registration: No registration required.
Carpool: 6:30 a.m., Sears SW corner, or 7:00 at the park
Directions: From St. Paul, east on I-94 past Jct 494/694/94 to Hwy 95/Manning Ave. Go south on Manning, 250 yards to Hudson Road. Turn left (east) on Hudson Road, go 3.4 miles to Stagecoach Trail South. Go right (south) on Stagecoach Trail 1.4 miles to 11th Street South. Go left on 11th Street to trailhead parking on the right.