With your help, we’ve protected 326 acres of Bog for future generations of birds and birders!
Signature Events

BRRRRdathon 2017 Results & Photos

Minus 30 F air temps…FINALLY! Yes, the 2017 BRRRRdathon finally lived up to its slogan as the World’s Coldest Birdathon with Friday morning air temps ranging from Minus-16 in Duluth to Minus 35 in parts of the interior of northeast Minnesota. But this did not daunt the eight teams competing to get their names forever emblazoned on the “Gary…

read more…
New Video Series Launched

Clinton's Critters

Join Friends of Sax-Zim Bog’s Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus as he shares the natural history of this rare northern grouse. Video by Sparky Stensaas shows dancing Sharp-tailed Grouse, and rare footage of a snow-roosting grouse exploding up out of the snow!…read more

read more…
Bog Blog

Boreal Wings Gala 2017 Soars!

A record 120 “bog buddies” attended the 2017 Boreal Wings Gala on January 29th at the brand new Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, Minnesota. It was standing room only as Big Year Record Breaker Olaf Danielson took the floor. He regaled the crowd with tales of his “Bad Weather Big Year” including a very close encounter with a Black Bear in Arizona, finding a HUGE Blanding’s Turtle with his 92 year old grandmother in Wisconsin, sleep…read more

read more…

Sign up for our Newsletter

Follow us on Facebook

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
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Snowshoeing is really nice in the Bog right now (though this weekends temps in the 40s and Monday's rain may ruin the current conditions). Reminder that this weekend is the Winter Birding Festival so the bog may be a little more social than usual :)
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Kraker (left) and photographer Derek Montgomery visit Loretta's feeders in the Sax-Zim Bog on a beautiful winter day. Dan's piece on the Sax-Zim Bog and festival will air Friday morning on Feb 17. If you miss it, or want to see Derek's photos, the piece will also be on the MPR website. I (Sparky) had a good time showing these guys around. Turns out they also already knew two of our naturalists at the Welcome Center...Heather-Marie and Amy. Small World!
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
We had the World Premiere of our new video series...CLINTON'S CRITTERS at our Boreal Wings Gala a few weeks ago. You can find it on our website or on YouTube. The first episode is about SHARP-TAILED GROUSE. Friends' Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus shares interesting natural history of the Sax-Zim Bog's critters. Upcoming species include White-winged Crossbill and Gray Jay.
http://saxzim.org/natural-history/clintons-critters-video-series/
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
This guy didn't plan ahead very well...But he sure is cute. When BEAVER stockpile branches and twigs underwater near their lodges for the winter, the whole idea is to have enough to last the entire winter. Coming out onto the surface requires work (gnawing through thick ice) and is dangerous (a Beaver in deep snow away from the protection of the lodge is easy pickings for a wandering wolf or coyote). IF YOU FIND THIS GUY, PLEASE DON'T POST THE LOCATION....BEAVER TRAPPING IS ON UNTIL MAY AND HE'D BE AN EASY MARK. THANKS! Thanks to a tip from Mory Jangahar and Bruce, I got to watch this guy go in and out of his burrow entrance and grab willows about six times...Even watched him gnaw down a willow. I've never seen one in the snow in January.
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog added 14 new photos.
BOREAL WINGS GALA FUNDRAISER 2017 SOARS!
A record 120 "bog buddies" attended the 2017 Boreal Wings Gala on January 29th at the brand new Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, Minnesota. It was standing room only as Big Year Record Breaker Olaf Danielson took the floor. He regaled the crowd with tales of his "Bad Weather Big Year" including a very close encounter with a Black Bear in Arizona, finding a HUGE Blanding's Turtle with his 92 year old grandmother in Wisconsin, sleeping under escalators in airports, and finding an unbelievable 766 species of birds in North America (north of Mexico and not including Hawaii) in one year! Olaf also gave a heart-felt and sobering report on the native birds of Hawaii...many of which are near extinction, a plight that he hopes to bring attention to in his talks.

Everyone enjoyed the creative bird-themed appetizers, sparkling cider and goodies, including the yummy "owl pellets." All the food and drink was graciously donated by our wonderful board of directors and employees. Lively bidding helped us raise hundreds of dollars in the Silent Auction...a 1st edition signed T.S. Roberts Birds of Minnesota went for $70. Lots of bargains! Hope you can join us next year.

Sparky gave an update on Friends of Sax-Zim Bog's in-process and upcoming projects, field trips, and also put out an appeal to folks to leave their legacy in land. There are several tracts of bog that are available to purchase right now. He also presented the World Premiere of Episode 1 of "Clinton's Critters," a video series highlighting bog fauna. We will be posting this video on our website soon.

Special thanks to our Board of Directors—Lori Williams, Dave Steininger, Gene & Julie Ollila, Ben Yokel, Rubin Stenseng; our employees—Clinton Nienhaus, Sarah Beaster; and volunteers including Kristina Dexter, Mark Johnson.

Thanks for coming everybody! See you at Boreal Wings Gala 2018!
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog added 2 new photos.
** Evening Owl Program Report **

Last evening (1/22) saw the completion of the first Evening Owl Program of the season! A crowd of 15 came out on a warm, drizzly January (?!) evening to learn about a few of the owl species in Minnesota. A field trip followed, looking for, you guessed it, owls!!

Our field trip was a success! We ended up seeing a Barred Owl before dark and enjoyed a pair of Great Horned Owls calling when the light had faded. It was great to be able to distinguish the male Great Horned Owls calls from the female! Though we did not get to see or hear a Great Grey Owl, there was a wonderful surprise for field trip goers!

As we stopped along Admiral Road to listen for owls and discuss the best way to find them... a pack of wolves began howling! We estimate there were 4-6 individuals howling back and forth to one another! Wolves are one of the amazing things to experience in the bog after dark!

Another thing that folks may not get to experience after dark is an illuminated Welcome Center! The lighting in the Welcome Center was just installed, along with our solar panels, and is a welcome addition which will expand the use of our Welcome Center!

For those who are interested, there is one final Evening Owl Program on the season, March 5! Do RSVP to Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org if you are interested in attending.

(photos by Clinton Nienhaus and Jessica Dexter)

Sax-Zim Bog eBird Reports

47 observations in last 30 days!

  • Ruffed Grouse
    1
  • Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) - 1


    Observer:
    Deb Rolfes
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 17:15
    Status:
    Approved

  • Bald Eagle
    1
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) - 1


    Observer:
    Deb Rolfes
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 17:15
    Status:
    Approved

  • Great Gray Owl
    1
  • Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) - 1


    Observer:
    Deb Rolfes
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 17:15
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-capped Chickadee
    3
  • Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) - 3


    Observer:
    Deb Rolfes
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 17:15
    Status:
    Approved

  • Rock Pigeon
    1
  • Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) - 1


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Downy Woodpecker
    2
  • Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) - 2


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Hairy Woodpecker
    4
  • Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) - 4


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Gray Jay
    13
  • Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) - 13


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Blue Jay
    1
  • Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) - 1


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-billed Magpie
    2
  • Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) - 2


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Crow
    18
  • American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) - 18


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Common Raven
    6
  • Common Raven (Corvus corax) - 6


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
    15
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) - 15


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • White-breasted Nuthatch
    3
  • White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) - 3


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • European Starling
    19
  • European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) - 19


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pine Grosbeak
    11
  • Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) - 11


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • House Finch
    3
  • House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) - 3


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Purple Finch
    1
  • Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) - 1


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Common Redpoll
    3
  • Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) - 3


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pine Siskin
    50
  • Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) - 50


    Observer:
    Kevin Mortensen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
    2
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) - 2


    Observer:
    Jennie Lanzendorf
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 08:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Rough-legged Hawk
    2
  • Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) - 2


    Observer:
    Jennie Lanzendorf
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 08:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-backed Woodpecker
    1
  • Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) - 1


    Observer:
    Steven Gilstrap
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pileated Woodpecker
    1
  • Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) - 1


    Observer:
    Steven Gilstrap
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • White-winged Crossbill
    3
  • White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) - 3


    Observer:
    Steven Gilstrap
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Goldfinch
    4
  • American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) - 4


    Observer:
    Steven Gilstrap
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Shrike
    1
  • Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) - 1


    Observer:
    Mark Rolfes
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • Evening Grosbeak
    40
  • Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) - 40


    Observer:
    Mark Rolfes
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • House Sparrow
    3
  • House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) - 3


    Observer:
    Mark Rolfes
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Robin
    5
  • American Robin (Turdus migratorius) - 5


    Observer:
    Frank Fabbro
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red-tailed Hawk
    1
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) - 1


    Observer:
    Jean Folsom
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-17 08:05
    Status:
    Approved

  • Boreal Chickadee
    1
  • Boreal Chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus) - 1


    Observer:
    Steven Gilstrap
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-17 06:56
    Status:
    Approved

  • Snow Bunting
    11
  • Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) - 11


    Observer:
    Steven Gilstrap
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-16 16:05
    Status:
    Approved

  • Wild Turkey
    10
  • Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) - 10


    Observer:
    Deb Muzzy
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-15 11:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Brown Creeper
    1
  • Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) - 1


    Observer:
    Gordon Atkins
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-15 06:58
    Status:
    Approved

  • Hoary Redpoll
    1
  • Hoary Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) - 1


    Observer:
    Gordon Atkins
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-15 06:58
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Goshawk
    2
  • Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) - 2


    Observer:
    Karl Schmidt
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-13 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • owl sp.
    1
  • owl sp. (Strigiformes sp.) - 1


    Observer:
    Justin Hill
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-11 08:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Dark-eyed Junco
    1
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) - 1


    Observer:
    Justin Hill
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-11 08:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Bohemian Waxwing
    30
  • Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) - 30


    Observer:
    Jeffrey Saffle
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-10 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
    1
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) - 1


    Observer:
    Ashley Tubbs
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-09 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red Crossbill
    2
  • Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) - 2


    Observer:
    Matt Hogan
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-08 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Bohemian/Cedar Waxwing
    20
  • Bohemian/Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus/cedrorum) - 20


    Observer:
    Alasdair Brown
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-06 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) - 1


    Observer:
    Daniel Guerin
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-04 08:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Mourning Dove
    1
  • Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) - 1


    Observer:
    Aubrey Sirman
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-04 07:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • crossbill sp.
    15
  • crossbill sp. (Loxia sp.) - 15


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-28 08:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • Barred Owl
    1
  • Barred Owl (Strix varia) - 1


    Observer:
    Ryan Steiner
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-01-23 15:40
    Status:
    Approved

eBird widget created by SANIsoft

Sign up for our Newsletter