With your help, we’ve protected 363 acres of Bog for future generations of birds and birders!

20 Acres Added to Warren Nelson Bog!

Gordon Andersson Makes this Possible

A 20 acre addition to the Warren Nelson Memorial Bog has been made possible by Gordon Andersson’s donation. The bog is now 60 contiguous acres. Though logged in the last decade, the site is growing back nicely into Tamarack and Spruce…and as Gordon said, “It’s still habitat for something!” True, Gordon, True. We are planning on eventually adding a spur from the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk out into this new parcel…

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Bog Boardwalk Funding Complete!

Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk completed Spring 2018

…A very generous donation from WARREN WOESSNER & a Grant from the IRRRB has secured the future of the boardwalk…Thank you! The 900′ Boardwalk will be called Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk and will be completed in Spring 2018. A three-year donation and pledge from Warren Woessner, will secure the completion of the bog boardwalk at the Warren Nelson Memorial Bog. The boardwalk will compliment Warren Nelson’s legacy….

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Meet Winterberry Bog

Forty Acre Legacy for Tim & Judy Walker

Thanks to Tim and Judy Walker of New Hope, Minnesota for their generous donation to make the preservation of this 40 acre Black Spruce and Tamarack bog possible. Tim and Judy are to the left of the sign in these photos. We also had a BOREAL Chickadee baptize the site with an appearance just as we are beginning the ceremony… everybody got great looks. Also in attendance were board members Gene and Julie Ollila and Ben Yokel and Sparky Stensaas, executive director. We did a symbolic ribbon cutting…

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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 Bog5 hours ago
Sparky speaking/showing Bog video at St. Paul Audubon TONIGHT
Owl to Orchids: Magic & Mystery in the Sax-Zim Bog
Also an update on FOSZB land and programs
Date/Time
Dec 14,Thu, 2017
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Location
Fairview Community Center
1910 W. County Road B, Roseville, MN 55113
https://www.saintpaulaudubon.org/events/december-2017-membership-meeting/
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog5 hours ago
FOSZB Etiquette reminder
Dec 2017

First of all, this is YOUR Bog! It is not our Bog. And we all want to have a pleasant experience here.
The majority of the Sax-Zim Bog is public land (County, State, etc) with many private lands as well. Friends of Sax-Zim Bog only owns and manages 383 acres on six tracts.
We are NOT the police of the Bog. Everyone must take responsibility for their own behavior. Much of this is just common sense and common courtesy.

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
• Watch your rear view mirror when driving the roads…Please pull over so others going faster can safely pass.
• When you do stop to observe or photograph wildlife, etc, please pull over to the side of the road (But be careful in winter that you don’t pull over too far and get stuck in the ditch!)
• Do not pull over and park across from another parked vehicle. The space between the two cars is usually too narrow for other traffic to get through at normal speeds.
• Avoid pointing binoculars and scopes and cameras at any dwelling. How would you like it if you looked out your picture window in the morning and saw folks staring at you?
• Private property is private property. Do not step on any land unless you know it is public land.

BE A FRIEND OF WILDLIFE
• Use common sense to not unduly disturb wildlife.
• Winter is a tough time for all critters, so avoid interrupting their survival strategies. All wildlife needs food (calories) and rest. (e.g. don’t repeatedly disturb a critter as it tries to hunt and get calories; don’t throw things at a critter so it looks at you or flies; do not tease owls with fur on a a string or a mouse in a cage…the owl spends energy with no caloric reward; avoid disturbing roosting nocturnal species which are sleeping)
• Contribute bird seed, peanut butter, suet to the public feeder on Admiral Road (this is YOUR feeder…nobody manages this feeding station)
• Speeding after fleeing wildlife in your car is a bad idea. Critter is expending calories by running at top speed.

BE KIND AND COURTEOUS
• Respect other visitors and locals.
• If someone is already watching/photographing an owl or other wildlife, stay back…stay behind them and remain quiet. They were there first. Or ask if you can join them.
• Keep voices low when a group is watching/photographing a critter.
• Don’t walk in front of those watching/photographing a bird or mammal.

Let’s all use common sense and common courtesy and have a good time out there! The Sax-Zim Bog is a wonderful place full of amazing “bogdiversity” that is ours to discover and enjoy.
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog2 days ago
Sparky speaking/showing Bog video at St. Paul Audubon this Thursday
Owl to Orchids: Magic & Mystery in the Sax-Zim Bog
Also an update on FOSZB land and programs
Dec 14,Thu, 2017: 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Location
Fairview Community Center
1910 W. County Road B, Roseville, MN 55113
The Sax-Zim Bog has long been known to birders and photographers from around the world and across the country as THE place to find some of our most secretive boreal birds including the mythic Great Gray Owl. Through HD video and still images we’ll explore these black spruce and tamarack bogs…without getting our feet wet or frozen! Meet the bird that grows snowshoes, the devious orchid that outsmarts bumblebees, and the death-defying frog. And of course, the stars of the show will be some cooperative Great Gray Owls and Northern Hawk Owl families caught on HD video.
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog5 days ago
** WINTER BIRDS FIELD TRIP REPORT **

Today (12/9) was the first field trip of the winter season. The goal of this trip was to explore the Bog and see what winter visitors were out and about in the new snow. Species numbers may have been low... but quality was high! Highlights for the 17(!) participants today include 3 Great Gray Owls, 1 Northern Hawk Owl, over a dozen Rough-legged Hawks, as well as good looks at Evening and Pine Grosbeaks. Overshadowed, perhaps, by the owls today, was the find of a Lincoln's Sparrow at Mary Lou's Feeders! Lincoln's Sparrows are a fairly common breeding species in the Sax-Zim Bog, but this find represents only the second December record for St. Louis County. Here is the full list of species seen today:

Ruffed Grouse
Rock Pigeon
Bald Eagle
Rough-legged Hawk
Great Gray Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
Gray Jay
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
European Starling
Evening Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak
Common Redpoll
Snow Bunting
Lincoln's Sparrow

(3rd Great Gray Owl of the day photo by Head Naturalist Clinton)
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog added 5 new photos.5 days ago
WELCOME CENTER opens for the season today! From now through mid-March we will be open from 10am-3pm every day (7 days a week...except Christmas Day). Feeders are all up including 5 deer rib cages. Watch for an Ermine! Also new t-shirts, hats, books, notecards, and matted photos.
I also filled the Admiral Road feeders and put out a bunch of suet and peanut butter.... remember, this is a communal feeder and everybody can contribute peanut butter, suet, and seed! Let's keep those Boreal Chickadees happy. PS this feeling station was initiated years ago by Jason Mandich and later added to by Mike Hendrickson.
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog1 week ago
Thank you for your guesses on the number of lichen species in our program update post!

The number of lichen species in this photo... is... at least 6! At least 6 species, as not all of the lichens in this photo are shown well enough to ID all by photograph.

The species seen in this photo include: Rosy Saucer Lichen (center), Hammered Shield Lichen (above center), Boreal Oakmoss (blurry on left), Abraded Camouflage Lichen (olive green lichen right of center), Eastern Candlewax Lichen (right of center), and the last, with the black disks on the right side of the page is harder to ID from just a photo, but it certainly is a different species than all the above!

If you found this lichen exercise exciting, consider attending the lichen program this Sunday from 1:30-3:00 pm meeting at the Welcome Center!

Sax-Zim Bog eBird Reports

44 observations in last 30 days!

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


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • Rough-legged Hawk
    3
  • Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) - 3


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • Gray Jay
    3
  • Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) - 3


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Crow
    1
  • American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) - 1


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • Common Raven
    20
  • Common Raven (Corvus corax) - 20


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-capped Chickadee
    10
  • Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) - 10


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pine Grosbeak
    1
  • Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) - 1


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • Common Redpoll
    70
  • Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) - 70


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-10 07:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Wild Turkey
    14
  • Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) - 14


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-10 07:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Rock Pigeon
    12
  • Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) - 12


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-10 07:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Hairy Woodpecker
    2
  • Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) - 2


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-10 07:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-backed Woodpecker
    2
  • Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) - 2


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-10 07:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-10 07:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Blue Jay
    3
  • Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) - 3


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-10 07:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-10 07:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • European Starling
    40
  • European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) - 40


    Observer:
    Justin Watts
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-10 07:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Lincoln's Sparrow
    1
  • Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) - 1


    Observer:
    Anonymous Ebirder
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-09 08:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Evening Grosbeak
    24
  • Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) - 24


    Observer:
    Anonymous Ebirder
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-09 08:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
    1
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) - 1


    Observer:
    Larry & Jan Kraemer
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-08 13:15
    Status:
    Approved

  • Snow Bunting
    6
  • Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) - 6


    Observer:
    Sharon Forsyth
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-06 07:43
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-03 06:47
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-03 06:47
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-03 06:47
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-03 06:47
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red Crossbill
    5
  • Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) - 5


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-03 06:47
    Status:
    Approved

  • White-winged Crossbill
    2
  • White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) - 2


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-03 06:47
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pine Siskin
    3
  • Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) - 3


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-03 06:47
    Status:
    Approved

  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
    1
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) - 1


    Observer:
    Robert Richards
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-02 11:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • hawk sp.
    1
  • hawk sp. (Accipitridae sp. (hawk sp.)) - 1


    Observer:
    Robert Richards
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-02 11:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • passerine sp.
    11
  • passerine sp. (Passeriformes sp.) - 11


    Observer:
    Robert Richards
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-02 11:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Snowy Owl
    1
  • Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) - 1


    Observer:
    Josh Hanske
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-02 10:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Josh Wallestad
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-02 08:15
    Status:
    Approved

  • crow/raven sp.
    15
  • crow/raven sp. (Corvus sp.) - 15


    Observer:
    Josh Wallestad
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-02 08:15
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Jason Osowski
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-02 07:41
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Tree Sparrow
    1
  • American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) - 1


    Observer:
    Ken Milender
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-12-02 07:20
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Goldfinch
    1
  • American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) - 1


    Observer:
    Pam Perry
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-11-29 07:16
    Status:
    Approved

  • Dark-eyed Junco
    2
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) - 2


    Observer:
    Nan & Scott Wisherd
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-11-27 09:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) - 2


    Observer:
    Alex Lin-moore
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-11-24 07:39
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Harrier
    1
  • Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) - 1


    Observer:
    Ken Milender
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-11-19 07:30
    Status:
    Approved

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