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 construction underway!
The walls are up on the Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center! The small solar-powered off-the-grid building will be a gateway to the Sax-Zim Bog. A place to watch the many feeders, warm up on a minus 20 day, learn about the natural history of the bog, share sightings, buy a souvenir, and use an outhouse. BUT WE ARE ABOUT $8,000 SHORT to complete the project before winter. Can you help?
Give to the Max Day 2013 a Resounding Success!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! We raised an incredible $11,810 on yesterday's Give To The Max Day... Despite their website crash. 15TH PLACE OVERALL FOR SMALL NON-PROFITS! Our total would have been much higher if it were not for this major glitch. I talked with many of you who are sending checks instead. That is great ...and all qualified for the $30K match...Which we now have reached! Amazing show of support for our mission to Preserve, Promote and Protect the Sax-Zim Bog
$30,000 Match Grant! Triple your Donation
UPDATE 11-18-13 MATCH TOTAL REACHED! THANK YOU!
The STEVEN C. LEUTHOLD FAMILY FOUNDATION has graciously dedicated up to $30,000 to Friends of Sax-Zim Bog in a 2:1 Matching Grant. And we reached this goal during the Give to the Max Day on November 14th. Thanks to all!
The $30,000 grant will BE USED ONLY FOR THE PURCHASE OF PRIME BLACK SPRUCE/TAMARACK SAX-ZIM BOG LAND, but your donation can be used as we see fit. It is a win-win-win-win situation—WIN for FOSZB, WIN for land preservation, WIN for wildlife, WIN for future generations of birds and birders!
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.
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)