2016 BRRRRDathon is JANUARY 8-9, 2016
"PLAYING FIELD" FOR BRRRRdathon 2016
Meet the BOREAL CHICKADEE BOG—DORIS STAUB PETRIE TRACT!
A generous donation from Doris Staub Petrie to our "ACRES FOR OWLS" program made this purchase possible
This 40 acre remote tract will be strictly a preservation project
What a way to start my Halloween morning...A call from one of our members saying they'd like to give us a gift to purchase 40 acres of land! And Doris and I agreed on the perfect tract...A remote parcel between Admiral Road and County Road 7. This would strictly be a Preservation Project as the site has no road frontage. I had bushwhacked to the site a year ago and found a pure group of 4 Boreal Chickadees amongst the tall Black Spruce. The deep moss carpet and large spruce make it a cathedral-like experience. The previous owner had put up a trail camera a few years ago and recorded the Moose and Wolf photos shown below. What a wonderful legacy Doris...Thank you!
Doris Staub Petrie
A Note from Doris...
"For 25 years I’ve dreamed of preserving and protecting wild lands for wildlife. When I read about FOSZB’s “Acres for Owls” goal of buying tracts of newly available prime bog habitat, my heart jumped “yes”! That goal makes so much sense to me: buy up and preserve the pristine parcels while they still exist, saving them for wildlife, nature lovers and the larger ecosystem/web of life which we all rely on. I trust FOSZB to keep this land safe - now and into the future. We can’t have the wildlife we love if suitable habitats aren’t available.
And hey - I’m celebrating my good fortune to have survived 3 cancer episodes!
I’m retired now. I was a biologist, then a programmer/analyst, and most recently, an artist. Not sure what the next iteration will be! I’ve been an environmentalist and birder forever."
—Doris Staub Petrie
This VERY GENEROUS donation from Doris will be a LEGACY for her and an AMAZING GIFT to future generations of birds and birders!
CONSERVATION IMPORTANCE OF THIS PARCEL
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog has witnessed the rapid disappearance of prime Black Spruce/Tamarack bog in the area over the last decade. We hope to purchase and preserve tracts of bog for future generations of our beloved boreal birds, owls and birders, photographers and tourists.
The Boreal Chickadee Bog—Doris Staub Petrie Tract has mature Black Spruce-Tamarack bog covering most of the land. Prime habitat for Great Gray Owls, Connecticut Warblers, Boreal Chickadees, Black-backed Woodpeckers and many other priority bird species that require mature bog. Also, as you can see from trail camera photos, it is great mammal habitat too! The fact that the site is close (less than a mile) to the approved Sax-Zim Bog Wetland Bank is also important to us. This Wetland Bank Project will forever preserve 23,000 acres of the Sax-Zim Bog which will never be mined or logged!
Welcome Center now OPEN through mid March
We will be open 7-days a week, 10am-3pm until mid March
See you in the Bog!
$20,000 1:1 Match Goal Reached!
Thanks to all of you we reached our goal in 2 weeks!
$20K has turned into $40,000
Thanks to our fantastic Friends (Bog Buddies=All of you!), we reached the $20,000 1:1 match within two weeks! So your $20K has generated $40K for us to continue our mission to Preserve, Promote and Protect the Sax-Zim Bog IBA for future generations of birds and birders. Thank you!
2016 Bog Wild Calendar Hot off the Press
Over 70 photos by local photographers...All taken in the Bog in the last 12 months!
HOT OFF THE PRESS! 2016 Friends of Sax-Zim Bog CALENDAR
Order yours now...and remember the Holidays are coming! This 8.5x11 beautiful calendar makes a great gift. All photos taken in the last year! Seasonal phenology. Photos from Jason Mandich, Rubin Stenseng, Sparky Stensaas and Tim Glackin.
ORDER YOUR CALENDAR HERE
ORDER YOUR CALENDAR PLUS 1-YEAR MEMBERSHIP HERE
Meet our new Head Naturalist!
Welcome to Clinton Nienhaus
Made possible by a major grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation of Duluth, and our members!
The Friends of Sax-Zim Bog family has gotten bigger by one with the recent hiring of a full-time Head Naturalist. A big Bog welcome to Clinton Nienhaus! Some of you may already know Clinton through his position as Count Interpreter at Hawk Ridge, or as a leader for Duluth Audubon field trips, or maybe you met him when he guides for the Sax-Zim Bog Winter Bird Festival...or maybe you joined him on the Fishes field trip at the Sax-Zim Bog BioBlitz III...You get the idea...Clinton has become an important leader in the northern Minnesota nature scene.
As Head Naturalist, Clinton will be focusing on bog interpretation for groups of all ages and types...school groups, civic groups, speaking engagements, field trips and more. He will also be conducting winter raptor surveys (important baseline data for North America has been lacking), rare owl surveys and participating in other scientific projects. Friends of Sax-Zim Bog hopes to broaden its reach and spread the message that bogs are important and amazing places filled with fascinating plants and creatures. His first day will be December 1st, and we will be scheduling programs after that. His first birding field trip will be Sunday, December 6th.
Learn more about Clinton in an upcoming e-Newsletter! Welcome aboard Clinton!
This position made possible by a major grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation of Duluth, and our members. Thank you!
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)