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Bog BioBlitz III

Join us in a search for all bog flora and fauna

Saturday June 27th—FREE to all!


Our Third Annual Bog BioBlitz and it will be bigger than ever! Now an all-day event. Saturday June 27th, 2015. Go in the field with experts in many areas including birds, spiders, dragonflies, butterflies, wildflowers, sedges, fishes and more! Then we'll all meet back at the Welcome Center in the afternoon to share our discoveries. Each expert will give a report on what their group found. The Biodiversity of the Bog continues to amaze us. Join us as we continue to explore this magical place. BYOS (Bring your own Stuff... including Lunch and drinks, rubber boots, bug dope, snacks). Bird trips will be earlier (meet at Welcome Center at 7am) and other trips will depart at 9am. No need to RSVP...Just show up and pick your field trip!

LEADERS & FIELD TRIPS INCLUDE...
SEDGES with Jason Husveth
BUTTERFLIES with Jerry McCormack
DRAGONFLIES with Jim Lind and Dave Grosshuesch
INSECTS with Cassie Novak
WILDFLOWERS with Josh Horky
BIRDS with Dave Benson
SPIDERS with Larry Weber
FISHES & MINNOWS with Clinton Nienhaus
BOG WALK with Bill Tefft
SHOWY LADYSLIPPER TOUR (over 1,000 flowers last year!)

SCHEDULE
**All trips depart from the Welcome Center on Owl Avenue (see directions below or under the "Visit/FAQ" tab)
**We will car caravan to locations (some groups will stay close to the Welcome Center while others will travel to the far corners of the Bog)
**Bring your own lunch to eat in the field (no close by places to buy food)
**Probably not possible to do more than one subject field trip.

7:00 am—Bird trip departs **NOTE TIME CHANGE**
9:00 am—All other trips depart **NOTE TIME CHANGE**
11:00 am—Bird trip returns
11:15 am—Trip to the Showy Ladyslipper stand departs
2:00 pm—All trips return to Welcome Center
2-3:30 pm—Sharing of finds. Leaders will give short reports on what their group found. Then folks can see specimens that were brought back including minnows, insects, spiders, wildflowers, sedges, and dragonflies. Ask the experts questions! Get locations to check out later.

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT US AT info@saxzim.org
Feel free to RSVP with your field trip preferences & please include your cell phone number.
FREE TO ALL! But DONATIONS WELCOMED.

WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR EXPERTS IN ANY NATURAL HISTORY FIELD. CONTACT US IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE A BIOBLITZ LEADER...AND WE CAN ALWAYS USE MORE THAN ONE LEADER PER TRIP! info@saxzim.org or call Sparky 218.341.3350

 Directions to Welcome Center on Owl Avenue

Directions from Cotton, MN on US53...
*Go West from Cotton on CR52/Arkola for 11 miles
*Turn South (left) on Owl Avenue
*Go 1.75 miles (second curve) to Welcome Center

Directions from Meadowlands, on CR133...
*Go East on CR133 to CR229/29
*Turn North (left) on CR229/29
*Go North to T at Correction Line Rd
*Turn West (left) on Correction Line Rd
*Road curves North and becomes Owl Ave
*Go North on Owl Avenue for 2.5 miles to Welcome Center

 Cassie Novak (insects) and Larry Weber (spiders) at Bog BioBlitz II in August 2014

LOCATION REVEALED!
Warren Nelson Memorial Bog will be on Blue Spruce Road!


The Warren Nelson Memorial Bog will be on Blue Spruce Road about a half mile north of CR133. This is on a popular birding route and near the Morse's Winter feeders.



**The 40 acre bog has a couple nice stands of mature Black Spruce with a deep sphagnum carpet. It has been home to Boreal Chickadees and Black-backed Woodpeckers.
    Plans include a PARKING PAD, NATURAL HISTORY KIOSK, MEMORIAL TO WARREN, BIRD FEEDERS, and the entire property will be open and accessible to birders and other nature lovers to explore on foot or snowshoe.
In Memory of Warren,
Judd Brink
Ken and Pam Perry
Steve and Jo Blanich
Kim and Cindy Risen
Butch Ukura
Randy Frederickson.

DONATE HERE

 

Friends buys and saves 60 more acres of Bog! (2014)

Yellow-bellied Bog is now 100 contiguous acres 

 

 

On October 9th, Friends of Sax-Zim Bog became owner of an additonal 60 acres of Black Spruce-Tamarack Bog on Peary Road. This bog is adjacent to the 40 acres of the Yellow-bellied Bog that we already own. We now have a contiguous 100 acre parcel. Thanks to all who have given to our land fund! This is YOUR bog!...But you need to share it with the Bobcats, Snowshoe Hares, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and other bog critters.

 



BioBlitz II reveals amazing BioDiversity in Sax-Zim Bog!

Forty-some participants and leaders turned up nearly 300 SPECIES (!) on our second annual BioBlitz on August 2nd, 2014. A beautiful day greeted folks as they met at our new Welcome Center. We divided into groups and hit the bog! Experts in the fields of birds, spiders, fungi, wildflowers, butterflies and dragonflies scoured far flung parts of the Bog. All met back at noon to share their findings and discoveries. Amazingly, we turned up several new species for the Bog and even ONE NEW MINNESOTA RECORD!— a spider species found by Chad Heins.

 

See MANY PHOTOS and more details on our BOG BLOG

 

Find the COMPLETE LIST OF SPECIES here

 

Our BioBlitz flora expert Kelly O'Brien Beaster (second from L) and Development Director Sarah Beaster (R) check out finds with participants. The group turned up several new species for the Bog including Small Purple Fringed Orchid (Platanthera psycodes). See photo on Bog Blog.

A rarely seen boreal butterfly called the Dorcas Copper (Lycaena dorcas) was quite common this year along Arkola just east of Owl Avenue.

 

WDIO TV news segment about the Welcome Center and the unique heat-treated aspen siding


 

 

 

Grand Day for a Grand Opening—March 8, 2014

A festive day to celebrate the new Gatewy to the Sax-Zim Bog. Read about the events and see more photos here. 

 

Welcome Center Sax-Zim Bog UPDATE 11-13-13 from Sparky Stensaas on Vimeo.



 

All the Bird Tiles are Gone

We are closing the bird tile donation offer as of November 15, 2013. Thanks to all who participated in this fundraiser. Look for the tiles to be displayed in the Welcome Center in 2014-15.

 


WATCH OUR 3-MINUTE SAX-ZIM BOG VIDEO ON WHY WE NEED TO ACT NOW

 


FORTY ACRES OF PRISTINE BOG PRESERVED!

Friends of Sax-Zim Bog is proud to announce the purchase of 40 acres of Black Spruce/Tamarack bog in the Sax-Zim Bog. One of our goals is to protect bog tracts for future generations of birders, photographers, and naturalists...and this is step one to that end.
MAP, PHOTOS, AND MORE DETAILS HERE

 FRIENDS OF SAX-ZIM BOG is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, promoting and protecting the Sax-Zim Bog Important Bird Area (IBA) through education, media, research, research funding, donation, and communication.

HERE ARE OUR GOALS:

1. Acquire bog habitat in the Sax-Zim Bog of St. Louis County, Minnesota (a world-famous birding destination)

2. Build a small “Birder Welcome Center” and bog interpretive center (IN PROCESS)

3. Fund educational projects centered on peatlands and associated birdlife (info kiosks, interpretive bog boardwalks)