With your help, we’ve protected 423 acres of Bog for future generations of birds and birders!

Big Half Year for the Bog

Set your birding goals for 2018!

YOU CAN DESIGN YOUR OWN BIG HALF YEAR! Pick a birding goal…any goal! It can be species you see just in your backyard…or in a local park…or in your county…or entire state (ANY STATE! Not just Minnesota). Be creative! Because it is not the birder with the biggest number that wins…All prizes will be given away as a drawing in early July 2018

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White-winged Crossbills

New Clinton's Critters Video

Enjoy this second installment of the Clinton’s Critters video series. In this episode, Clinton shares some of the fascinating natural history of White-winged Crossbills.

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2018 Gala at Springbrook

Gala sets Record for Funds & Fun!

Over 70 “bog buddies” flocked together to support us and our mission to Preserve, Promote and Protect the Sax-Zim Bog. This total was about a third less than last year, but I have a sneaking suspicion that a certain football game interfered with attendance. No matter, we all had a wonderful time and enjoyed the usual appetizers presented in an unusual manner…”Snowy Owl bars,”….

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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog

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 on the land 3. Fund educational/research projects centered on peatlands and associated birdlife
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog1 week ago
** May 5th Field Trip Full! **

The Buzz, Croak, Hoot, and Bump in the Night Evening Field Trip has filled up!

Please note that all of our Field Trips, including Warbler Wednesdays, this season have limits to participation. This is a new development from last season, which means if you are interested in attending a Field Trip, you MUST RSVP!

For more information on our field trips and field trip limits, do check out the website!

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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog added 20 new photos.2 weeks ago
I can't believe how much we got done today! Thanks to all our awesome volunteers and MCC crew who helped us move the 110 bog boardwalk sections and 220 "bog feet" and 220 some brackets today.The Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Memorial Bog should be completed before summer! Generous contributions from you, our members, Warren Woessner and the IRRRB have helped to make this project possible.
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog2 weeks ago
** Sax-Zim "BogDiversity" Talk Upcoming **

This Friday, April 6, Head Naturalist Clinton will be giving a talk about the biodiversity of the Sax-Zim Bog to the Minnetonka Senior Bird Club. The talk will be held at the Minnetonka Community Center at 10 am and is open to all!

The Sax-Zim Bog is world renowned for winter birding, with many folks coming just for a chance to see Great Gray Owls. But do those folks ever get a chance to come back and visit the Sax-Zim Bog outside of it's wintery coverings? There is life laying in wait under the snow covered spruces, just yearning for the sunshine and warmth to dazzle a viewer's senses! The Sax-Zim Bog touts an impressive species list of nearly 1300 organisms! This talk will hope to profile some of this lesser known "bogdiversity" and profile the importance of Black Spruce/Tamarack ecosystems for not just Great Gray Owls, but orchids, butterflies, beetles, and bog plants.

Sax-Zim "BogDiversity"
Friday, April 6, 10:00-11:00 am
Minnetonka Community Center (14600 Minnetonka Blvd.)
Meet at the Purgatory Creek Room (2nd floor)
No RSVP and Free to attend

(Photo below: Red-blue Checkered Beetle (Trichodes nuttalli) on Yarrow along Lake Nichols Road by Clinton Nienhaus))
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog3 weeks ago
** Things that go Buzz, Croak, Hoot, and Bump Field Trip Update **

Our first field trip of the Spring and Summer season is almost full! FOUR spots remain open for this one-of-a-kind evening field trip. More details can be found on the website: http://saxzim.org/events/.

This Northern Leopard Frog calling was certainly a pre-dusk highlight of the trip last year. If you notice, toward the end of the video this male inflates his twin air sacs located on either side of his head. Two air sacs are not an uncommon thing in the frog world and are something the casual frog observer doesn't get to see very often.

Join us for this fun kick-off to the Spring and Summer Education season!

(Video by Head Naturalist Clinton)
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog3 weeks ago
** Spring and Summer Programs are up on the Website! **

Some signs of spring are starting to make their presence known in northern Minnesota: Sandhill cranes are starting to show up, owls are calling, and the snow is slowly receding from the roadsides and ditches. With that in mind, the full list of spring and summer education programs and field trips are up on the website! Please remember to RSVP to each program you wish to attend.

Some new exciting things are happening this season! There will be a new set of Friday Field Trips, where we will be visiting nearly all of the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Properties! This is a great set of field trips for those who have always wondered how to access our properties, what lies in the depths of the bogs, or for those who would just like to spend some time on our Sax-Zim Bog properties! More details can be found in the link below!

We hope to see you in the Bog this spring and summer!


(Photo of one of our early season butterflies, Milbert's Tortoiseshell on an Oxeye Daisy from last spring by Clinton Nienhaus)
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog4 weeks ago
Must be able to lift heavy stuff! We are going to stage all the materials for the boardwalk at Warren Nelson Bog. If you can only work for two hours or eight hours, will take you! We have a MCC crew that will help us. Jobs will include loading truck with boardwalk parts and caring boardwalk parts into the bog... Conditions may be snowy, slushy, icy, or wet. Bring your own lunch! To get motivated, imagine walking this boardwalk in May with the possibility of seeing Black-backed Woodpeckers, colorful warblers, and Pink Ladyslipper orchids!
Please RSVP to sparky@saxzim.org.

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