For thousands of years, prairie fires were common across much of Minnesota. Some were naturally-occurring events and some were set by Native Americans as a way to rejuvenate the prairie. Many of today’s landowners use prescribed fires to restore the land. A few weeks ago we joined Dr. Dick Huston as he held a prescribed [...]
Ruthann Yaeger has been a volunteer monitor for the Minnesota Land Trust for over a decade, going out annually to ensure that protected properties in the Rochester area were in good shape, and forging relationships with the owners over the years. Recently she decided to retire from volunteering, and shared her experiences with us. Ruthann [...]
For over 21 years, a group of neighbors in Rochester have worked to preserve and maintain the beautiful natural woods behind their homes. A conservation easement through the Minnesota Land Trust has protected their hard work. In 1997 a group of neighbors in Rochester came together to form the Baihly Woods Preservation Association (BWPA), and to [...]
Photo by Rebecca FieldJuly 25, 2017
You’re looking at a bobolink, an entertaining bird that spends its summers in Minnesota prairies.
During the spring and early summer, the male—who people often say looks like he’s wearing an upside-down tuxedo—does acrobats to catch the eye of a beautiful lady bobolink.