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Big Half Year for the Bog

Set your birding goals for 2018!

CREATE YOUR OWN BIRDING GOALS FOR JANUARY-JUNE 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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Sale ends Sat. January 20, 2018

Bid or "Buy-it-Now" Original Bird Art!

New this year is a chance to participate in the Gala Silent Auction BEFORE it happens. For certain select items we have opened them up to Pre-bids (your Maximum you’re willing to spend on that item) and a “Buy-it-Now” option.
But don’t worry…If you are attending in person, there will be MANY items to bid on that are not available for pre-bid. Some items that are not sold prior to Sunday may have “Buy-it-Now” options at the Gala…

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World's Coldest Birdathon Jan 5-6

BRRRRdathon 2018 Results

Minus -26F was the low recorded by participants on both Friday (Sax-Zim Bog) and Saturday (Isabella, MN) of our 8th Annual BRRRRdathon, living up to its reputation as the World’s Coldest Birdathon. This was the first year of our new points system in which all birds were given  a 1-5 point value depending on their rarity in the “playing field” of NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin. Some grumbling was heard about Sparky’s…

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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 added 11 new photos.3 days ago
BIDDING & "BUY-IT-NOW" FOR ORIGINAL BIRD ART NOW OPEN! Amazing collection of original bird art that you can set your maximum bid on for our Sunday afternoon Boreal Wings Gala at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley. DEADLINE is this Saturday! but look NOW as things may get sold. **All proceeds go to Friends of Sax-Zim Bog. Go to this link to see the art that is up for auction, and make your bid today!
http://saxzim.org/signature-events/2018-gala-silent-auction-items/
**To those attending Sunday's Gala: There will be many more items available to bid on in person.
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog5 days ago
NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR SAX-ZIM BOG WINTER BIRD FESTIVAL!
February 16-18, 2018, Meadowlands, Minnesota
Still time to Register!
http://www.saxzimbirdingfestival.com
The Town of Meadowlands, Minnesota in cooperation with Friends of Sax-Zim Bog will be putting on the 11th annual Sax-Zim Bog Winter Bird Festival on Presiden'ts Day Weekend February 16-18, 2018.

Keynote speaker will be Laura Erickson of "For the Birds" radio fame, and author, naturalist, and speaker extraordinaire.
Field trips to Sax-Zim, Duluth, North Shore, speakers, vendor fair, good food, awesome birds, and more. Many Great Gray Owls around this year, so if you've always dreamed of seeing this "Phantom of the North" now is your chance!
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog added 8 new photos.1 week ago
SAMPLING OF ITEMS FOR OUR JANUARY 21 GALA & SILENT AUCTION
Buy tickets online at http://saxzim.org/product/2018-boreal-wings-gala/
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog added 2 new photos.1 week ago
2018 BRRRRdathon Results
Minus -26F was the low recorded by participants on both Friday (Sax-Zim Bog) and Saturday (Isabella, MN) of our 8th Annual BRRRRdathon, living up to its reputation as the World’s Coldest Birdathon.
This was the first year of our new points system in which all birds were given a 1-5 point value depending on their rarity in the “playing field” of NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin. Some grumbling was heard about Sparky’s assigned values but overall it seems to have added a fun element of strategy to the contest.
17 hardy participants joined the effort, with over half of those competing in the Wintergreen division (or should we call it the “What are you Thinking?” division?…or maybe the “Crazy” division?). These Wintergreeners traversed Duluth and Superior on fat bikes (mountain-style bikes with really fat tires) and endured hours of bone-chilling cold…and they even create their own windchill when they ride.
Unfortunately the birds were more sane that the birders, and many were hunkered down to save energy in the bitter cold. Only 55 species were tallied by all teams. This is our second lowest composite total since the event’s inception in 2011 when only 50 species were found (73 species is the record total set in 2017 and 2012).
HIGHLIGHTS included Boreal Owl in Duluth’s Hartley Park, Red-necked Grebe on Lake Superior, Cooper’s Hawk at UMD chasing pigeons, 4 species of gull at the dump in Superior (including Iceland, Glaucous and Greater Black-backed), and Belted Kingfisher (also at Hartley Park).
And the teams enjoyed seeing our boreal species including Black-backed Woodpecker, Great Gray Owl, N Hawk Owl, Spruce Grouse, Hoary Redpoll, Gray Jay, Pine Grosbeak, White-winged Crossbill, and Boreal Chickadee.
Several surprising MISSES included Barred Owl, Red Crossbill, Black-billed Magpie and Snowy Owl (though Sparky saw one on the way to buy the lasagna for the compilation dinner in Superior!).
Thanks to Duluth Folk School for hosting our compilation dinner, and to all the frostbitten participants! See you next January! (Tentative dates for next year’s BRRRRdathon are January 11-12, 2019)

2-DAY BRRRRdathon
94 points—47 species—Grousing Twitchers (Dave Benson, John Ellis, Lars Benson)
(57 points—32 species—Clinton Nienhaus tallied while guiding both days)
(36 species—Steve Millard tallied in Ottertail County including Greater Prairie-chicken and Great Blue Heron)

1-DAY BRRRRDATHON
45 points—28 species—The Coldfinches (Barb Akre, Cindy Edwardson, Chris Edwardson)
(23 species—Kim Eckert’s Minnesota Birding Weekend’s field trip)

WINTERGREEN (non-motorized division)
34 points—26 species—Frozen Gearfalcons (Tim Bates, Pat Kohlin, Bryan French)
31 points—23 species—The Bicycle Icicles (Andrew Webster, Mikayla Haines, Tom Beery)
25 points—21 species—Bird NERRds (Emily Wilmoth, Steve Gebhard, Deanna Erickson)

Team "Bicycle Icicles" traversed about 19 miles of Duluth via fat bike during the Wintergreen (non-motorized) division of the BRRRRdathon (L-R: Andrew Webster, Mikayla Haines, Tom Beery).

Bryan French, member of the Frozen Gearfalcons team, scans the Lincoln Park gorge during a very cold non-motorized day. (Photo by Pat Kohlin)
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog2 weeks ago
Welcome Center host and naturalist Heather-Marie says "it's COLD in the Bog again!" Minus 20 F this morning but actually a high temp above zero predicted for today… 7° by early afternoon. And the next week looks quite nice.
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog2 weeks ago
CREATE YOUR OWN BIRDING GOALS FOR JANUARY-JUNE 2018!! ...and raise money for FOSZB in the process.
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
WHEN: The birding period will be from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018.
HOW: Just email Sparky with your birding goal. He will create a web page and link for you to share with your friends, family and donors.
COST: Free to Enter...But this is a fundraiser, so we ask each participant to raise at least $50 (collected after the June 30, 2018). You can get friends and family to sponsor you on a per-species basis, or lump sum. Or you can just donate $50 or more yourself.
RULES: No rules! You can do your birding ANYWHERE in the World! But it must be related to BIRDS in some way.
COMPILATION: We will have a picnic in the Duluth or Sax-Zim area in July where we will share stories and award prizes. Date TBD.
FAQ
Q: Do I have to do my Big Half Year in Sax-Zim Bog?
A: NO! You can do your bird-related Big Half Year anywhere in the world!
Q: I don't like asking folks for pledges...Can I just donate $50 or more to participate?
A: Yes! Absolutely. This is a fundraiser for the Mission of Friends of Sax-Zim Bog to Support, Promote and Protect the Bog.
Q: How do I update folks on my progress?
A: Just email Sparky a paragraph or two on 1) The goal of your Big Half Year and 2) Your history with Sax-Zim Bog and why you think it is worth supporting FOSZB, and Sparky will create a web page for you on the www.saxzim.org site. He will then email you a link to share with your friends and family.
Q: Prizes? Is this a contest?
A: No, this is not a contest since nobody will likely have the same Big Half Year goal. But we will give out fun prizes at the compilation picnic in July. Last Big Half Year we gave away a nice pair of binoculars! (Drawing of the top ten fundraisers)
How about...
birds seen in your backyard?
birds seen in Minnesota?
birds photographed in Sax-Zim?
birds photographed in North America, Columbia, Brazil, Paraguay or Zimbabwe?
birds seen only at sewage ponds?
birds seen on Tuesdays?
birds seen in the Boreal Forest?
birds seen in the city limits of Minneapolis?
birds seen while driving?
birds seen out your window?
birds species heard singing?
GET CREATIVE!
We will have a compilation picnic in July to share stories, eat good food and give away prizes.
How do we turn this into a fundraiser? You can solicit pledges per species, or lump sums, or just make a donation yourself! The more you raise, the more chances you'll have to win our fabulous prizes (TBD). All participants must pledge or raise over $50.
Each participant will be given a page on our website to update folks on their progress in their personal Big Half Year for the Bog. Share stories, photos, videos!...and garner pledges.
EMAIL SPARKY YOUR BIG HALF YEAR GOAL AND GET STARTED! sparky@saxzim.org
Email Sparky a paragraph or two on 1) The goal of your Big Half Year and 2) Your history with Sax-Zim Bog and why you think it is worth supporting FOSZB, and Sparky will create a web page for you on the www.saxzim.org site. He will then email you a link to share with your friends and family. sparky@saxzim.org
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Sax-Zim Bog eBird Reports

45 observations in last 30 days!

  • Black-capped Chickadee
    5
  • Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) - 5


    Observer:
    John P Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 14:26
    Status:
    Approved

  • Common Redpoll
    35
  • Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) - 35


    Observer:
    John P Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 14:26
    Status:
    Approved

  • Hoary Redpoll
    2
  • Hoary Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) - 2


    Observer:
    John P Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 14:26
    Status:
    Approved

  • Wild Turkey
    18
  • Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) - 18


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

  • Downy Woodpecker
    1
  • Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) - 1


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

  • Hairy Woodpecker
    3
  • Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) - 3


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Shrike
    2
  • Northern Shrike (Lanius borealis) - 2


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

  • Gray Jay
    5
  • Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) - 5


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

  • Blue Jay
    7
  • Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) - 7


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-billed Magpie
    3
  • Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) - 3


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Crow
    30
  • American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) - 30


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

  • Common Raven
    7
  • Common Raven (Corvus corax) - 7


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

  • European Starling
    7
  • European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) - 7


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

  • Snow Bunting
    5
  • Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) - 5


    Observer:
    Becca Engdahl
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

  • Ruffed Grouse
    5
  • Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) - 5


    Observer:
    Susan Wrisley
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 08:15
    Status:
    Approved

  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
    10
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) - 10


    Observer:
    Susan Wrisley
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 08:15
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Susan Wrisley
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 08:15
    Status:
    Approved

  • Evening Grosbeak
    35
  • Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) - 35


    Observer:
    Susan Wrisley
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 08:15
    Status:
    Approved

  • Rough-legged Hawk
    1
  • Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) - 1


    Observer:
    Andy Naber
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 08:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Andy Naber
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 08:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pine Grosbeak
    3
  • Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) - 3


    Observer:
    Andy Naber
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 08:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pine Siskin
    2
  • Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) - 2


    Observer:
    Andy Naber
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 08:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Craig Mandel
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-18 07:51
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Susan Wrisley
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-16 09:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • Ring-necked Pheasant
    1
  • Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) - 1


    Observer:
    Andy Reago & Chrissy Mcclarren
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-15 08:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Micky Louis
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-14 07:28
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Goldfinch
    2
  • American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) - 2


    Observer:
    Micky Louis
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-14 07:28
    Status:
    Approved

  • House Sparrow
    6
  • House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) - 6


    Observer:
    Lisa Owens
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-13 09:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Boreal Owl
    1
  • Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus) - 1


    Observer:
    Andy Reago & Chrissy Mcclarren
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-13 06:33
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Andy Reago & Chrissy Mcclarren
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-13 06:33
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Andy Reago & Chrissy Mcclarren
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-13 06:33
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Matthew Igleski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-12 13:08
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Micky Louis
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-12 11:12
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Micky Louis
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-12 11:12
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Larry & Jan Kraemer
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-08 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Alex Sundvall
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-02 08:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
    1
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) - 1


    Observer:
    Daniel Guerin
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-02 07:54
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Three-toed Woodpecker
    1
  • American Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides dorsalis) - 1


    Observer:
    Alex Sundvall
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2018-01-01 14:15
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Dana Sterner
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-28 07:46
    Status:
    Approved

  • House Finch
    6
  • House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) - 6


    Observer:
    Steve Bayer
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-28 07:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Larry Gridley
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-26 14:45
    Status:
    Approved

  • Mallard
    1
  • Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) - 1


    Observer:
    Anne Bekker
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-23 09:55
    Status:
    Approved

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