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Minnesota Land Trust

Minnesota Land Trust, a nonprofit 501(c)(3)

 2356 University Avenue West, Suite 240

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Phone: 651-647-9590




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Located on the Green Line, across the street from Raymond Station. On bus routes 16, 21, 63 and 67. Nice Ride location across the street, available seasonally. Parking available on the south side of the building and on the street (metered).




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We Love Red-Shouldered Hawks (and bet you do too!)


Our state is full of special birds and wildlife, and each of us has a spot in our heart for that special species out there. This Valentine's Day we're writing a love letter to our favorite hawk - the red-shouldered hawk!

If you've ventured outside in the woods in Southeast or Central Minnesota, you've heard the piercing whistle of the red-shouldered hawk - likely without ever seeing the hawk itself! These medium-sized hawks call central and southeast Minnesota home, and rely on large tracts of forest with wetlands for their habitat.

Unfortunately the red-shouldered hawk is at risk as it faces increasing competition for food from the red-tailed hawk which thrives in more open areas. A mature red-shouldered hawk typically defends about 500 acres (that's almost 380 football fields!), and as forests are split up by development, the population has been stressed.

The Minnesota Land Trust has permanently protected properties that fall in the Bluffland-Root River Important Bird Area, and provide crucial interior forest habitat for this threatened species. One property on the Root River in Southeast Minnesota in particular borders 900 acres of state forest on one side, and the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center on the other side. By protecting that piece of private land, we can forever ensure that red-shouldered hawks will have unbroken habitat, safe from future development.

Did you know: 

  • red-shouldered hawks typically only weigh between 1 and 2 pounds, with males being lighter than females;
  • they eat small prey, but can on occasion hunt animals their size, like rabbits, squirrels, or even other birds;
  • habitat loss is the number one threat to red-shouldered hawks - which is why protecting the forests and wetlands that sustain them is part of our mission!

Thank you volunteer monitors!

This winter has been a good reminder of how generous Minnesotans can be and how much we all do to support each other. In that spirit, we want to thank the over 100 volunteer monitors who helped monitor in 2017, including 16 newly certified monitors! Volunteers visited 350 properties last year - totaling over 1,400 hours generously donated to the stewardship program. That's in addition to the many miles you drive - thank you!

Spring is just around the corner, so we're gearing up for monitoring season again. We monitored over 550 properties in 2017 - and this year our task is to monitor 565. 

We plan to keep the number of volunteer-visited sites significant while still, according to our policy, sending staff to address any issues, meet with new landowners, and visit each property every five years. We currently are fully staffed with volunteer monitors, so we won't be accepting any new applications for 2018 - but we'll let you know as other opportunities arise to volunteer with the Land Trust.

Thank you volunteer monitors for all that you do to support our work!