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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…

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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

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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

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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
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
** Bog Road Report **

Road conditions in the Bog are fair. Only an inch or two of new snow covering the roads. The roads on the north are better than the roads on the south end of the Bog. However, conditions may be tricky as ruts that were created during the thaw have frozen, which may make your drive a bit hazardous. Roads to the Bog are still listed as snow covered, with about 6 inches of new snow on the roads. Drive carefully and take your time out there today!
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
** Programs Cancelled for today **

Due to continued snow and poor road conditions the two programs scheduled for today (Bog Ecology @ 10 and Animal Sogn and Tracking @ 12) will be cancelled.

Stay tuned for a road condition report later today!
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog added 6 new photos.
** Winter Bog Exploration Field Trip Report **

It just so happened the snow from yesterday gave good conditions for exploring the Bog today! A group of 11 started the day exploring the bogs west of McDavitt Road.

The trip started with 70+ White-winged Crossbills foraging in the tamaracks just off the road. Further into the bog we found a winter wonderland with snowshoe hate, short-tailed weasel, and fisher tracks! We noted the diversity of lichens on the spruces and tamaracks and dug in the snow to find leatherleaf and Labrador tea. The wind gave a strong chill, so we finished the field trip at the Welcome Center!

Around the Welcome Center trails, we found bobcat, gray fox, and ruffed grouse tracks, along with some new deciduous tree species not found along the McDavitt Bog. All told, our mini-Bioblitz turned up 58 species! If you are interested in exploring the Bog further, there is one more mini-Bioblitz Bog Exploration Trip scheduled for March 5! RSVP to Head Naturalist Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org!

(Photos below by Clinton Nienhaus)
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
** Sax-Zim Bog Winter Birding Festival Report **

As many of you may know, this passed weekend was the Sax-Zim Bog Winter Birding Festival, put on by the Toivola-Meadowlands Development Board with support from Friends of Sax-Zim Bog staff. The Festival is in it's 10th year, with folks visiting this year from 22 states and the District of Columbia!

Each day of the Festival is different! Friday, saw two trips to the Bog; Saturday saw two Bog Trips, a Duluth Trip, and a trip up the North Shore; Sunday, the last day, had one Bog Trip, two Duluth Trips, and one North Shore Trip.

Owls were tricky this year, with the only Great Grey Owls seen during the Festival on the North Shore Field Trips! There were several Great Grey Owls seen after the field trips had concluded on Saturday and Sunday. Other species showed in good numbers and new species were added to the Festival list!

The complete bird list for the Festival tallied a solid 63 species of bird during the three days, along with an impressive 10 species of mammal (sign and individuals) seen during and after festival time!

Bird highlights include 180 Long-tailed Ducks, a 2nd year male Harlequin Duck, a Red-winged Blackbird, early Canada Geese on the North Shore Trips; Bohemian Waxwings, Townsend's Solitaire, Glaucous, Great Black-backed, and a very early adult Ring-billed Gull, along with a festival first Eurasian Tree Sparrow for Duluth Trips; 5 Black-backed Woodpeckers, a Northern Goshawk, and 4 Rough-legged Hawks (two dark morphs!) were goodies on the Friday Bog Trips; other Bog highlights include nice looks at plentiful Ruffed Grouse, Black-billed Magpies, and White-winged Crossbills.

Notable mammals include fresh Fisher tracks and Wolf tracks on the Backyard Bog Hike Field Trip, Coyotes on the Sunday Bog Trip, and 3 Snowshoe Hares across from Mary Lou's Feeders on Friday!

(Photo of one of three Great Grey Owls seen on the Saturday North Shore Field Trip. Photo by Clinton Nienhaus)
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
A beautiful sight this morning! This photo by Welcome Center Naturalist Heather-Marie shows how pretty the Bog can be following snow! However beautiful, Heather-Marie reports that the road conditions are poor. Ice covers the roads and most back roads have not been plowed. Be safe out there today folks!
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 :)

Sax-Zim Bog eBird Reports

54 observations in last 30 days!

  • Bald Eagle
    2
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) - 2


    Observer:
    Glenn Perricone
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 13:35
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Glenn Perricone
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 13:35
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-billed Magpie
    1
  • Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) - 1


    Observer:
    Glenn Perricone
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 13:35
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Crow
    21
  • American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) - 21


    Observer:
    Glenn Perricone
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 13:35
    Status:
    Approved

  • Common Raven
    5
  • Common Raven (Corvus corax) - 5


    Observer:
    Glenn Perricone
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 13:35
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Hawk Owl
    1
  • Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) - 1


    Observer:
    Peter Nichols
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 10:05
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-capped Chickadee
    2
  • Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) - 2


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 10:05
    Status:
    Approved

  • White-winged Crossbill
    5
  • White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) - 5


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 10:05
    Status:
    Approved

  • Common Redpoll
    2
  • Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) - 2


    Observer:
    Peter Nichols
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 10:05
    Status:
    Approved

  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) -


    Observer:
    Devon N.
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 10:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) -


    Observer:
    Devon N.
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 10:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Devon N.
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 10:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Gray Jay
    1
  • Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) - 1


    Observer:
    Devon N.
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 10:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • European Starling
    2
  • European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) - 2


    Observer:
    Devon N.
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 10:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pine Grosbeak
    2
  • Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) - 2


    Observer:
    Devon N.
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 10:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Devon N.
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 10:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pine Siskin
  • Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) -


    Observer:
    Devon N.
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 10:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) -


    Observer:
    Devon N.
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-26 10:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Buteo sp.
    2
  • Buteo sp. (Buteo sp.) - 2


    Observer:
    Terra Dunham
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-25 12:45
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Terra Dunham
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-25 12:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • Blue Jay
    2
  • Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) - 2


    Observer:
    Terra Dunham
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-25 12:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
    2
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) - 2


    Observer:
    Terra Dunham
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-25 12:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Goldfinch
    6
  • American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) - 6


    Observer:
    Terra Dunham
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-25 12:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • finch sp.
    12
  • finch sp. (Fringillidae sp.) - 12


    Observer:
    Terra Dunham
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-25 12:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • House Sparrow
    2
  • House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) - 2


    Observer:
    Terra Dunham
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-25 12:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • Ruffed Grouse
    4
  • Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) - 4


    Observer:
    Alec Olivier
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-25 08:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
    4
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) - 4


    Observer:
    Alec Olivier
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-25 08:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Rock Pigeon
    3
  • Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) - 3


    Observer:
    Kirk Mona
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-23 09:07
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pileated Woodpecker
    3
  • Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) - 3


    Observer:
    Kirk Mona
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-23 09:07
    Status:
    Approved

  • Great Horned Owl
    1
  • Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) - 1


    Observer:
    Glenn Perricone
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-21 19:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Glenn Perricone
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-21 19:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
    11
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) - 11


    Observer:
    Glenn Perricone
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-21 19:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Wild Turkey
    6
  • Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) - 6


    Observer:
    John P Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-21 15:28
    Status:
    Approved

  • Boreal Chickadee
    2
  • Boreal Chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus) - 2


    Observer:
    Diane Sullivan
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-19 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Trumpeter Swan
    2
  • Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) - 2


    Observer:
    Anonymous Ebirder
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-19 12:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • White-breasted Nuthatch
    1
  • White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) - 1


    Observer:
    Bill Kass
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-19 08:00
    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

  • 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

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


    Observer:
    Alex Cima
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Canada Goose
    7
  • Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) - 7


    Observer:
    Jim Veltman
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:04
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Jim Veltman
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:04
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Goshawk
    1
  • Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) - 1


    Observer:
    Jim Veltman
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:04
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Jim Veltman
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:04
    Status:
    Approved

  • Cedar Waxwing
    3
  • Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) - 3


    Observer:
    Jim Veltman
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-18 07:04
    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 Crossbill
    1
  • Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) - 1


    Observer:
    Peter Binstock
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-17 07:00
    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

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


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

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


    Observer:
    Kye Jenkins
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-02-11 08:00
    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

  • 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

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