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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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Data compilation is nearing the end for the Bog to Ridge BioBlitz! With each Blitz, more and more species get added to the list of plants and animals found regularly or observed in the Sax-Zim Bog. This year the opportunity arose to investigate a different ecosystem, to allow for a neat comparison of the diversity of the region. All told, nearly 50 folks participated in the BioBlitz, co-sponsored by the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog and Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory.

Bog Species Report:
Field trips this year for the BioBlitz regarded spiders, fishes, plants, butterflies, and birds. New species to the Bog Master Species List were not uncommon on any trip! The trips added over 90 new species to the list! Big species gaps that were filled included moths, spiders, and gramminoids (grasses and sedges). Moths added a whopping 20 new species to the list; Spiders an impressive 17 new species; and we added 14 new species of sedges and grasses to the species list!!

Perhaps as equally as impressive as the species additions sounds, the Spider Trip stole the spotlight. Trip Leader Chad Heins not only added 17 new species to the list, he also added 2 new spider species to the Minnesota State List and 10 new county records of spider! An incredible accomplishment to say the least.

This post has mentioned the Master Species List for the Sax-Zim Bog quite frequently and an update is in order! With the addition of 90 new species, the species list for the Sax-Zim Bog is nearing 900! There are many species that have been poorly represented in our observations, both in the BioBlitz and without. This begs the question... When will we reach 1000???

Ridge Species Report:
This was the first year for a BioBlitz up at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve and it was a wonderful event! The BioBlitz at Hawk Ridge was a little different than the Bog BioBlitz, in that trips went out to see as many species as they could, but not in a single species focus. Overall, the weather conditions were not overly inviting for participants, but 10 folks came out to explore the non-migration world of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve! Even with the clouds and moments of sunshine, new species were added to the Master Species List for Hawk Ridge! Lichens, plants, and even a few insects were added to the already well documented Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve list.

Trip leaders at Hawk Ridge took on one of the many colored trails the criss cross behind the Overlook at Hawk Ridge. Because of the diversity of habitat types and elevation change, species at the Ridge were quite different than what was found in the Sax-Zim Bog! All in all, this years Bog to Ridge BioBlitz observed more than 400 species!!

A special Thank You goes out to the participants who joined us this year, as well as the Field Trip Leaders who offered up their expertise. A BioBlitz cannot be done with experts in the field or folks to join them. We hope to see you at next year's BioBlitz!!
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See Photo Album in previous post: We will be posting more photos in our next e-Newsletter. To make sure you get that email, please go to www.saxzim.org and subscribe to the newsletter. Our Saturday July 16 Bog Bioblitz drew over 40 folks on an absolutely gorgeous day! Highlights included 5 singing male White-winged Crossbills on McDavitt, a Black-backed Woodpecker on McDavitt, Gray Fox (Sparky), Bobcat (Norma Malinowski), Clinton found two new fish species for the Bog including Golden Shiner, Pinesap at Cotton School Forest along with many orchids Malaxis uniflora, 28 species of butterflies including Baltimore Checkerspot and Bog Copper, Purple Fringed Orchid, Ragged Fringed Orchid, a first record of Marsh Grass-of-Parnassus, 21 species of dragonflies, Sparky found a Broad-winged Hawk nest with two young, and more....Details to follow in our e-Newsletter. Thanks to all our leaders and participants! See you again next summer!
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog added 20 new photos to the album: Bog BioBlitz IV July 16, 2016.
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Yesterday was an exciting day in the Sax-Zim Bog! FOSZB Winter Naturalist and Head Bander for Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Frank Nicoletti, along with Eliza Grames, Miranda Durbin, and Peter Yokel spent the day banding American Kestrel chicks!

There are a total of 13 kestrel boxes in the Sax-Zim Bog and this year has been incredibly successful for the birds! Of the 13 boxes, 7 were occupied, with a grand total of 21 chicks banded!!!

The kestrel boxes were put up in response to the decline of American Kestrels across their range. As a cavity nesting species, dead trees with woodpecker holes are important. Unfortunately, those trees can be blown down or removed intentionally causing a lack of habitat. It is great to see such success from these stunning raptors!

Photos from the day by Frank Nicoletti.
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Dragonflies and Damselflies
Saturday, July 2
Meeting 11:00 am at the Welcome Center, ending near 2:00 pm

Dragonflies and damselflies are an interesting group of insects that have become increasingly popular in recent years! Come along with Head Naturalist Clinton and discover what species the Sax-Zim Bog harbors in it's streams, bogs, and skies.

Nets and field guides will be provided. No experience needed for this introduction to identification and observation of dragonflies and damselflies.

**Please RSVP to Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org**

Photo: Beaverpond Baskettail from Stone Lake Road by Clinton Nienhaus.
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