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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.

 

Field Trip—Golden Tamaracks & Arriving Rough-legs

Saturday, October 25th, 7:30-Noon

We are timing this field trip for the peak of the "Tamarack show." They should have glowing gold needles at this time. Of course our main goal will be finding some cool birds, especially migrating sparrows, hawks (including Rough-legs), eagles, cranes. We'll also cruise Admiral and McDavitt for any early hunting owls or foraging Black-backed Woodpeckers.

[see Details under our "Field Trips" tab]

 

Winter Sneak Peek Field Trip

Sunday, December 7th, (Time to be Announced)

 

See what "early birds" have returned from the Arctic and taiga to the Sax-Zim Bog. Will it be a finch year? Owl irruption? We'll see on this early winter trip. [see Details under our "Field Trips" tab] 

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 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.

 

 


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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)