Work Day at Welcome Center
Help us lay our Sod Roof
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Meet at 9am Tuesday Sept 1 at the Welcome Center if you can help us with a "bucket brigade" to get the rock and sod up on the roof of the Welcome Center. WE NEED 5-GALLON BUCKETS FOR THE PROJECT. There will be other small projects to complete as well (cleaning feeders (bring soap and scrub brush), brushing trails, etc). Thanks! Please RSVP to email@example.com
Warren Nelson Memorial Bog Dedication & Bird Field Trip
Remembering Warren: A hero of bogs and bog birds
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Dedication will be at 2-3pm, Saturday October 10. Details on where to meet will be coming soon.
A birding field trip will precede the Dedication. Meet at the Welcome Center at 8am and we'll bird until noon. This will give folks a chance to eat lunch before the Dedication. FIELD TRIP IS FREE FOR ALL!
Halloween Bird Field Trip
Looking for late migrants and early winter arrivals
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Meet at the Welcome Center at 8am. We'll carpool from there. Very few folks bird the Bog in late October. Is there a reason for this? We'll find out on Halloween morning!
Free to members (those who've donated more than $20 to FOSZB in last 12 months). $20 to all others (This becomes your FOSZB membership and entitles you to free field trips)
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bog BioBlitz III
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,
Ken and Pam Perry
Steve and Jo Blanich
Kim and Cindy Risen
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.
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)