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Sax-Zim Bog Birder & Photographer Welcome Center: Help us build it!
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Spring Fling Open House

10am-3pm Saturday March 7th at the Welcome Center

Snowshoeing, tracking, birding, cider and snacks

Come join us for our winter finale at the Owl Avenue Welcome Center (Directions at bottom of this e-Newsletter). We close for the season on Sunday March 15th so this is a good time to visit if you haven't been here before. Bring your own snowshoes (or borrow one of our 6 pairs) to explore the trails around the Welcome Center.


All Day: Cider and snacks

10am: Field trip to Mary Lou's feeders (Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins and more) 1.5 hours

11am: Tracks in the Snow with Heather-Marie: Snowshoe or hike: For all ages! 45 minutes

Noon: Field trip to Admiral Road feeders (Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jays) 1.5 hours

1pm: Talk and Video: Migrate, Hibernate, or Deal with It: How Northern Critters deal with the White Season

2pm: Field trip TBA

2pm: Tracks in the Snow with Heather-Marie: Snowshoe or hike: For all ages! 45 minutes

All Day: Showing the Owls to Orchids: Magic & Mystery in our Northern Bogs video

...and more!

We'll post updates on Facebook and our website. See you Saturday the 7th!


The Big Year Movie Gala with Greg Miller

The Big Year Gala with Greg Miller**

(**Jack Black’s character in the Hollywood Movie)

February 16, 2015

5:30-8pm, Monday, Presiden’t Day

Peace Church, 1111 N 11th Ave E, Duluth

Meet one of the real “Big Year” stars, Greg Miller, and 

get the BEHIND-THE-SCENES STORIES of the making 

of the movie WHILE we watch the entire movie with Greg.

Greg was not only the real-life participant in the Big Year, but was consultant on the set of the movie starring Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin.

—Silent Auction, Nature Book Sale. 

—Chili, hors d’oeuvres, drinks & ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP included.


Friends buys and saves 60 more acres of Bog!

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




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.





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.

 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.


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)