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
FALL FORAY FOR FEATHERED FRIENDS (Birding Field Trip)
Sunday, October 30, 2016: 7:30am to Noon (or so)
We'll meet at the Welcome Center on Owl Avenue and carpool to sites throughout the Bog. We'll first try for Great Grays and then look for migrating sparrows, waterfowl and other late lingering birds. Maybe the first Pine Grosbeaks will have arrived from the Canadian north?? Who knows what we'll find! But we will have a good time.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to participate. FREE to members who have donated $20 or more in the last 12 months. $20 for others (this includes a one-year membership and free attendance at other field trips)
The Bog is not only Birds! Jim Burns came all the way to Sax-Zim Bog from his home in ARIZONA (!) to do some "dragonflying" here. I went out with Jim a couple weeks ago. We got him his lifer Subarctic Darner (in flight), and only his third Zigzag Darner (photo on the rock). A fantastic day! Jim has good karma too....Several springs ago Jim came to the Bog to do some bird photography. He bushwhacked in a ways from the road, then sat down on a log for some lunch. While sitting there, a Northern Hawk Owl flew in and landed near him with a vole in its mouth. He then saw the young fledged Hawk Owls that mom or dad was about to feed. How lucky can you get?!
Fall has arrived in the Bog! Red Maples along CR133. Should be good sparrow viewing up there now. I'll try and put out some cracked corn at the Welcome Center this week. We will have a FIELD TRIP Sunday October 30...Details coming soon.
Another First County Record from the Sax-Zim Bog! GREEN-STRIPED DARNER (Aeshna verticalis) was netted and photographed by Sparky Stensaas on August 29th on Owl Avenue just a 1/4 mile north of Correction Line. According to Kurt Mead, author of Dragonflies of the North Woods, there has been an abundance of sightings of this uncommon dragonfly this year.
FIRST County Record for St. Louis County of SUBARCTIC DARNER (Aeshna subarctics) found in Sax-Zim Bog on September 2. There were at least 6 males patrolling a tiny bog pool (15 x 50 foot) in a very open area of moss hummocks, sedges and stunted spruce. This was in the "Toivola Swamp" area of Sax-Zim northwest of Meadowlands. I netted one and just enjoyed the show for about an hour. They hover frequently for short periods so I was able to get a few flight shots.