BIG HALF YEAR FOR THE BOG NEEDS YOU!
Join us for this one-time, one-of-a-kind event! January 1—June 30, 2013
WHY DO A BIG HALF YEAR?—Because it will be fun! And, of course, to raise money for Friends of Sax-Zim Bog and our current projects. We recently purchased a 40 acre Black Spruce/Tamarack bog and next fall an adjacent bog will be up for sale. Our other priority for 2013 is to complete the Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center on Owl Avenue.
FREE TO ENTER!: Simply CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and set up your pledge page.
GREAT PRIZES!: We will have some fantastic prizes...Including TWO PAIRS OF EAGLE OPTICS RANGER EDs!! And all have a chance to win...NOT for most species but ALL prizes will BE AWARDED IN A DRAWING....EVERY $250 YOU RAISE WILL GIVE YOU AN EXTRA "NAME IN THE HAT." If you raise $10 you get one name in the hat ( or any amount up to $250)..If you raise $250 you'll get 2 names in the hat...If you raise $500 you'll get 3 names in the hat...and so on. Everyone can be a winner! The drawing will be in early July 2013.
PAINLESS PLEDGES: Each participant will have their own web page where they will be able to set their Big (half) Year goal, post photos, write updates, and gather online pledges. You then set your fundraising goal. Now simply send a one-click link to your facebook friends, or e-mail your contacts about your Big (half) Year. Your friends can either pledge a lump sum or on a per-species basis, and the best part is, they do it right online with one-click on your web page.
WHAT IS A BIG YEAR?—A Big Year is a calendar-year attempt to see (or photograph) as many bird species as possible in a specific geographic region. Our only spin on this definition is that we are making it a much more manageable half year...January 1 to June 30th, 2013. Most Big Year participants find about 80% of their total in this time frame anyway.
BIG (half) YEAR IDEAS—Be creative and follow your passion. NO GEOGRAPHIC LIMITS! Most will do a Minnesota Big (half) Year, but you can do a Big Florida (half) Year if you want!
County Big (half) Year
Total Ticks (MN Counties) Big (half) Year
Yard List Big (half) Year
Sewage Pond Big (half) Year
North America Big (half) Year
Bird species photographed Big (half) Year
Sax-zim Bog Big (half) Year
Or??? Use your imagination!
BIG (half) YEAR REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 31, 2012
$4,700 RAISED DURING GIVE TO THE MAX DAY 2012
THANK YOU ALL! Your generous donations on November 15th GIVE TO THE MAX DAY totalled $3700! More than double last year's total.
AND a special thanks to Holly and Myron Peterson... Holly wisely spread out their donations throughout the day so we had a better chance at winning a "golden ticket"...a $1000 bonus donated to one MN non-profit each hour by Razoo...and guess what! we won the golden ticket for the 6-7pm time slot! Way to go Holly and Myron!
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
2011-12 ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE!
It has been an eventful first fiscal year! Get reports and see photos from our events, updates on an upcoming land purchase, list of donors, financials, and an interesting comparison of a Google Earth view of the changing landscape of McDavitt Road in the Sax-Zim Bog.
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
3. Fund educational projects centered on peatlands and associated birdlife (info kiosks, interpretive bog boardwalks)
WATCH OUR 3-MINUTE SAX-ZIM BOG VIDEO ON WHY WE NEED TO ACT NOW
A Legacy Gift for you
As a premium for your donation (over $100), Alaska artist Nancy Hausle-Johnson will create a one-of-a-kind 8x8 inch bird tile (with your name on it), for a permanent installation in the Birder/Photographer Welcome Center.
** A sample of a tile Nancy will make in your honor with a donation of over $100 for permanent display in the Sax-Zim Bog Birder/Photographer Welcome Center
FUNDRAISING/DONATION/MEMBERSHIP FORM HERE [If mailing a check...Call if you require credit card payment]