BioBlitz SCHEDULE

6:00 a.m.—"Early Bird" Birding trip will depart at 6:15 am and return to the Welcome Center by 8:45 a.m. (In time to join the 9 a.m. field trips)

8:45 a.m.—Meet at Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center. Trips will depart at 9am and return to the Center at Noon. 


FIELD TRIPS (9 a.m. to noon):

Spiders and Birds with Chad Heins

Fungi, Spiders and Butterflies with Larry Weber

Butterflies, Birds and Insects with Sparky Stensaas

Birds with Ben Yokel & Frank Nicoletti

Dragonflies 

Wildflowers with Kelly O'Brien Beaster

…and more to be announced soon.


Noon-2 p.m.—Open House at the Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center. Field trip groups will share their finds. We'll have a stereoscope to really examine some of our unique spiders, insects and dragonflies. Socializing, Lunch.

BYOL: Bring your own Lunch. We'll have drinks available.


Noon-1 p.m.—BOOK SIGNING & BOOK SALE: There will be many North Woods field guides for sale and Larry Weber will be signing his new books Spiders of the North Woods 2nd Edition and Backyard Almanac: 365 Days of Northern Natural History (as well as his Butterflies of the North Woods and Fascinating Fungi of the North Woods). Friends of Sax-Zim Bog merchandise will also be available—hats, t-shirts, mugs, & zip hoodies.


2 p.m.-5 p.m.—Explore the Bog on your own. 

Welcome Center will be open until 5 p.m.

Friends is a 501c3 non-profit. 

Membership is a donation of $20 or more 

and is good for Free field trips during

the next 12 months.

 

 2014 Field Trips!—Click on link above

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.


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)