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We need Kestrel Nest Boxes!

We are hoping to dramatically grow our Kestrel Nest Box program. Program director Frank Nicoletti would like to eventually have a 100-box route, but would like to add at least 20 new boxes this winter. Kestrels are declining nationwide, and the reasons…

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Solar Panels Up!

Big thanks to electrician Billy and “solar guy” Damian for their hard work in installing this complicated (to me) system. This winter we will be able to turn on our LED lights (when necessary), run our TV with the Owls to Orchids video running, and even bake cookies in the oven! And the…

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Big Year Record Breaker Olaf Danielson to speak at 2017 Boreal Wings Gala in Mpls

Boreal Wings Gala in Mpls

2017 Boreal Wings Gala
Silent Auction, Appetizers, Mingling, Olaf’s Big Year (photos and talk)
Sunday, January 29, 2017 (2-4pm) at the new Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, MN…

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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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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog added 3 new photos.December 9th, 2016 at 4:10pm
NEW PHOTO BLIND AT MARY LOU'S FEEDERS! This photo blind is positioned near the "mega-feeder" north of her house...a feeder that Evening Grosbeaks frequent. It is free to be used by any photographers...2 maximum at a time. It is roomy enough to stand up in..and big enough to use a tripod. This addition was made possible by the GOOD NEIGHBOR GRANT from Friends of Sax-Zim Bog (a fund graciously begun by a donation from Rich and Molly Hoeg of Duluth and Rich's brother and wife)
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Friends of Sax-Zim BogDecember 9th, 2016 at 4:10pm
Seven Sharp-tailed Grouse under the feeders at the farm on CR29/229 (1st farm on east side south of Correction Line). They feed on the seed spilled from the feeders...usually in the earlier morning.
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Friends of Sax-Zim BogDecember 9th, 2016 at 4:10pm
Did you know that the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog complete Winter Raptor Surveys each year, starting in November? Well, we do! The route of the raptor survey snakes its way from the southern edge to the northern reaches of the Sax-Zim Bog Important Bird Area. This survey begins in November and is completed once a month through March.

Today may have been cloudy and quite atypical for November (no snow on the ground and mid-30's for temps) but raptor action was great! Here is a run down of the survey today by Head Naturalist Clinton:

Bald Eagle- 32 total!! 4 hatch year, 2 3rd year, 2 4th year, and a whopping 24 adults!

Rough-legged Hawk- 3 total: 1 Adult female, 1 Adult male, 1 unknown age and sex. All RLHAs seen today were light morph birds.

Northern Shrike- 2 total. Though not a raptor, but we do keep track of these predators during our surveys.

Great Grey Owl- 1 bird seen on McDavitt Road. (photo below by Head Naturalist Clinton)

Despite the conditions, the birds did not disappoint! Keep a watch on the Facebook Page for updates on our Winter Raptor Survey and if you are interested in raptors, mark February 4 on your calendar as there will be a Winter Raptors Field Trip starting at 8 am and meeting at the Welcome Center. Do RSVP to Head Naturalist Clinton if you are interested in attending this trip!
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Friends of Sax-Zim BogDecember 9th, 2016 at 4:10pm
Stuff you never knew about Sparky...A "Birder Bio" article about our executive director, Sparky Stensaas, in the Minnesota Birding MOU Newsletter... http://moumn.org/newsletter/issues/2016-09.pdf
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Friends of Sax-Zim BogDecember 9th, 2016 at 4:10pm
2016 Record-setting Big Year birder, Olaf Danielson to speak at our Boreal Wings Gala Fundraiser
Silent Auction, Appetizers, Mingling, Olaf's Big Year (photos and talk)
Sunday, January 29, 2017 (2-4pm) at the new Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, MN
Purchase tickets before Dec. 31 and receive a free calendar or mug (to pick up at the door on the day of the event) $25 per person (kids 17 $ under FREE). Includes a 1-year membership
Buy Tickets Here! http://saxzim.org/product/2016-boreal-wings-gala-bird-films-silent-auction-soupbread-dinner/

Sunday, January 29, 2017 (2-4:30 pm)
Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley, MN
Schedule:
Come early to hike/snowshoe/ski the nature center's many trails!
Also check out the new building and interactive exhibits.
2pm—Appetizers, mingle, silent auction
2:30pm—Sparky updates everyone on Friends of Sax-Zim Bog projects
2:45-3:45 pm—Olaf Danielson speaks about his record setting Big Year in 2016 (photos)
Olaf has had MANY adventures on his Big Year (Do you know what Black Bear breath smells like?) and he'll share the highs and lows, and the rarest of bird sightings, and stories from the most exotic North American locations. He'll also have photos to accompany his stories.
3:45-4 pm—Silent Auction wraps up
4-4:30 pm—Mingling, Appetizers

OLAF DANIELSON is an author, birder, religious scholar, storyteller, and adventurer that typically goes where few men or women dare to go. Olaf shares his adventures from his 2016 Big Year on his blog, www.bigyear2016.com. Some claim he could be the most interesting man in the world. He even likes Dos Equis Beer! Olaf famously did a "nude" bird Big Year in 2013 and amassed over 500 species while sans clothes!
Olaf lived on Park Point in Duluth back in the late 80s while going to medical school...But he was not a hardcore birder then. He is now a resident of Milbank, South Dakota (within a stone's throw of Minnesota), but he grew up on the family sawmill in a Swedish Immigrant community (Falun) in northern Wisconsin, graduating Grantsburg High School in 1984. He graduated Ripon College, in Ripon WI (88), Medical School at the University of Minnesota (92), and trained in Pennsylvania and Iowa
Olaf is also an entrepreneur, married, and father of three wonderful young adults, an ER physician (retired CEO of an ER Group), an avid birder, a naturist, an international pike and sucker fisherman, and he is a collector and expert of north-European art. His motto, is to say yes when anyone invites him to tag along on an adventure.

Sax-Zim Bog eBird Reports

40 observations in last 30 days!

  • Tundra Swan
    31
  • Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) - 31


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Bald Eagle
    4
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) - 4


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Hairy Woodpecker
    1
  • Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) - 1


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Blue Jay
    12
  • Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) - 12


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Crow
    15
  • American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) - 15


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-capped Chickadee
    16
  • Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) - 16


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
    8
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) - 8


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • White-breasted Nuthatch
    2
  • White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) - 2


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • European Starling
    30
  • European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) - 30


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Common Redpoll
    5
  • Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) - 5


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pine Siskin
    9
  • Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) - 9


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Evening Grosbeak
    12
  • Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) - 12


    Observer:
    John Richardson
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-12-04 13:00
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Matthew Echaniz
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-29 14:30
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Matthew Echaniz
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-29 14:30
    Status:
    Approved

  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
    2
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) - 2


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

  • Rock Pigeon
    13
  • Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) - 13


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

  • Barred Owl
    2
  • Barred Owl (Strix varia) - 2


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

  • crow/raven sp.
    11
  • crow/raven sp. (Corvus sp.) - 11


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Robin
    1
  • American Robin (Turdus migratorius) - 1


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

  • Snow Bunting
    1
  • Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) - 1


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

  • Western/Eastern Meadowlark
    1
  • Western/Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta/magna) - 1


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

  • Purple Finch
    8
  • Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) - 8


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red Crossbill
    2
  • Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) - 2


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

  • White-winged Crossbill
    35
  • White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) - 35


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Goldfinch
    10
  • American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) - 10


    Observer:
    Liz H
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-26 07:42
    Status:
    Approved

  • Bohemian Waxwing
    1
  • Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) - 1


    Observer:
    Vince Moxon
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-24 09:09
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Chuck Fields
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-23 09:59
    Status:
    Approved

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


    Observer:
    Chuck Fields
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-23 09:59
    Status:
    Approved

  • House Sparrow
    20
  • House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) - 20


    Observer:
    Chuck Fields
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2016-11-23 09:59
    Status:
    Approved

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