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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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WARBLER WEDNESDAY 3 May 25 (last of the year). 14 folks looped through the Bog on this hazy breezy morning and compiled 71 species. Highlights included 14 Trumpeter Swans on Stone Lake, singing Olive-sided Flycatcher along McDavitt Road north of the bog stretch, 16 species of warblers including awesome looks at Golden-winged and Blackburnian, first-of-year (for FOSZB trips) Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Connecticut Warbler and Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus spotted two American Coppers (butterflies) a new addition to our Bog butterfly list (photo below). Several rubber-booted participants joined Clinton and ventured into the bog to see Connecticut Warbler. We ended on a high note as all got scope looks at a Great Gray Owl! Though Warbler Wednesdays are done for the year, Clinton has a full schedule of events at www.saxzim.org under the "Events" tab. See you in the Bog!
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
WE'RE BIG IN INDONESIA! Veny (left) and Subandy are in North America doing a bit of research and filming about peatlands in America....land use, recreation, preservation, restoration. They made a stop at the Sax-Zim Bog and chatted with Sparky. Indonesia has had massive peatland fires in recent years...mainly due to fires resulting from drought after ditching and clearing the swamps for creating palm oil plantations. These fires burn for months and release massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the air. This land that is under threat is also home to the Sumatran Tiger. The threat to global climate change and resulting political stability is so great that the US State Department is now interested in worldwide peatland use and protection. See more here: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/9-reasons-save-peat-wait-whats/
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
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Fun morning out with professional wildlife photographer Melissa Groo and Lori Naumann of the MN DNR. We braved the interior of the bog to find and photograph Connecticut Warbler (a lifer for Melissa!). BTW the mosquitoes are back! Also had fun with LeConte's Sparrow and Sedge Wren along Stone Lake Road. Great looks at Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided Warblers. A Black Bear even crossed our path! This trip is research for the future Bog Birding Trail that will start at our Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center and make a big adventurous loop up around Big Bog and the Red Lake country. The birding trail will highlight the amazing biodiversity of our peatlands....bogs, fens. Stay tuned for details (in a year or so).
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog added 13 new photos.
17 SPECIES OF WARBLERS ON WARBLER WEDNESDAY 2 (today 5-18) Twenty folks enjoyed a gorgeous morning or birding in the Sax-Zim Bog...28 degrees at the start but warmed to 60 by the end of the morning. Highlights included 17 sp. of warblers including stellar looks at Mourning, Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Ovenbird and brief glimpses of Wilson's and Canada. Connecticuts are not back in town yet. Other avian glories included unbelievably close looks at LeConte's Sparrow and Sedge Wren, calling Pileated flyover, Olive-sided Flycatcher, 6 dancing Sharp-tailed Grouse (still!), Bobolinks in the scope, dancing Sandhill Crane, cooperative Blue-headed Vireo, close Clay-colored Sparrow, 5 active Trumpeter Swans, soaring Coopers Hawk, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk diving on a Broad-winged Hawk, Most unexpected was a flock of 85 Common Terns flying in a tight flock over Poplar Road fields (heading to Lake of the Woods?). Mammals included Skunk, Snowshoe Hare, White-tailed Deer and Porcupine. Our last Warbler Wednesday will be May 25th. Meet at the Welcome Center by 5:50am...we bird until 11:30 or so. [photos of LeConte's Sparrow, Sandhill Crane, Blue-headed Vireo, Sedge Wren, Black-throated Green Warbler]
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Just a reminder of Warbler Wednesday #2 tomorrow morning! Last week we had a solid 71 species in the morning, including this gorgeous male Golden-winged Warbler! (photo by Sparky Stensaas). What will this Wednesday hold? Dozens of Trumpeter Swans on Stone Lake? Connecticut Warblers? Hopefully, we will push the 80 species mark tomorrow morning! We will meet at the Welcome Center at 6 am!

If you don't want to meet us that early, do consider joining along for a wildflower hike at 1:00 pm, meeting at the Welcome Center, but moving to explore the Warren Nelson Bog!

RSVP for both events to Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org if you are interested!
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