News from Nature At The Confluence

Turtles Through the Seasons

Turtles Through the Seasons

Written by Thaddeus Skarr (June 2024) Turtles are a fixture of Nature At The Confluence (it’s called Turtle Creek for a reason). Several species are known to inhabit the waters of Turtle Creek, Kelly Creek, and the Rock River, including the colorful painted turtle...

Seventeen Year Cicadas at The Confluence

Seventeen Year Cicadas at The Confluence

Written by: Claire Milsted (May 2024). Claire is a visiting assistant professor of biology at Beloit College, where she teaches botany, genetics and evolution, and conservation biology. She grew up in Chicago and received her PhD in plant biological sciences from...

Eagle Update at The Confluence

Eagle Update at The Confluence

Written by: Camille Ledoux (March 2024) The bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since June 20, 1782. Nature At The Confluence has been lucky enough to be a cherished habitat for a nice pair of bald eagles. Before catching up on our resident...

Partner of the Month: South Beloit Public Library

Partner of the Month: South Beloit Public Library

We are able to offer many of our programs thanks to a strong partnership with the South Beloit Public Library. Library Director Brenda Weinberg recently answered questions about the partnership’s value to the community and what’s in store for the future. How long has...

Views From The Trail

Views From The Trail

Bruce Cawkins (he/him) volunteered to place two trail cameras in our woodland as part of the Master Naturalist program. Bruce achieved the naturalist certification in June through the University of Wisconsin-Extension, in partnership with Welty Environmental Center....

Eagle Nest Play Area Refreshed

Eagle Nest Play Area Refreshed

Patrick Rochester (he/him) expects to receive his Eagle Scout award this month (November 2023) after leading an expansion of the Eagle Nest Play Area. The approximately 30-by-17 foot area has additional mulch, new signs, and a tic-tac-toe board. Patrick and his team...

Meet Our Fall Student Interns

Meet Our Fall Student Interns

Hannah Welte (she/her), a senior at Beloit College, is interning this fall as part of her Psychology Practicum and capstone experience. A Biology and Psychology double major, Hannah hopes to pair her work at The Confluence with research into how nature...

Photography at Nature At The Confluence

Photography at Nature At The Confluence

Photographs and videos are a wonderful way to document your time at Nature At The Confluence. We encourage visitors to experiment with photography, and we offer Cameras At The Confluence programs throughout the year. No permit is required for portrait or professional...

Lena’s Reflection

Lena’s Reflection

Written by Lena Verkuilen, outgoing Board President, September 2023 September has always been a time of endings and new beginnings for me. As a child, it was time to say farewell to summer, get new school supplies, start classes and reconnect with friends that I...