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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
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A heads up for those traveling in or near the Bog today: Wind and blowing snow are causing drifts on some roads. Many of the roads are icy, with snow covering them. Be careful out there today folks!
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog

Today was the second Winter Raptor Field Trip of the season! Due to a lack of raptors up in the bog, The group, lead by Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus, ventured into very a-typical areas to look for raptors: Duluth Harbor and Port Terminal. This change of location gave 8 trip participants opportunities to explore lesser known Duluth area birding locations, as well as better chances to see raptors!

We scanned Duluth Harbor and downtown Duluth in the morning, then made our way further down river to Grassy Point. We checked out WLSSD in Duluth and made our way into Port Terminal and on to Superior. As urban as these areas are, there were plenty of birds to be found!

In total, we found 4 different Bald Eagles, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, and 3 Peregrine Falcons!! The only raptor no-shows were Gyrfalcon (work was being done at Peavy Elevator in Superior) and Snowy Owl (hard to find on day roosts this year).

A gorgeous, bright, raptor-filled day enjoyed by all!!
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
BOREAL WINGS GALA—BIRD FILMS, SILENT AUCTION, SOUP DINNER. Tickets available now! President's Day, Monday Feb 15, 5-8pm at Temple Israel in Duluth (1602 2nd Ave East). FUN and FUNDRAISER for FRIENDS OF SAX-ZIM BOG. Buy your tickets here (free calendar to those who pay online). http://saxzim.org/product/2016-boreal-wings-gala-bird-films-silent-auction-soupbread-dinner/
Cost is $25 per person (kids 17 & under FREE). Fee includes 1-year Friends of Sax-Zim Bog membership! Those registering online at www.saxzim.org will receive a FREE 2016 Sax-Zim Bog Wild Calendar.
3 Short nature films and 1 hour-long film will be shown. All will have birds and birders as a theme.
Dinner will be a soup, bread, dessert meal.
Many nature-related items in Silent Auction including a signed Roger Tory Peterson penguin print, handmade cedar bird feeders, framed wildlife photography, old bird books and more.

For more info email info@saxzim.org or call Sparky at 218.341.3350
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Lately, porcupines have been very frequently seen in the Bog along Owl Avenue, Overton, and McDavitt Roads! Contrary to popular belief, porcupines do not (and are not able to) shoot their quills! These quills are simply modified hairs, which are hollow and barbed. When porcupines are threatened, the quills are raised and in this position can become easily detached!

If you have more questions about porcupines, or any other critters in the Bog, please try out our "Ask the Naturalist" tab under the Natural History widget on the new website!

Frosty North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) on Overton Road by Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
SNOWSHOEING IS EXCELLENT IN THE BOG NOW! We have six pairs of snowshoes at the Welcome Center for folks to use. FREE if going on the trails near the Welcome Center. There is one going north along the ditch berm for a half mile and two smaller loops west of the building. It is only a $5 fee if you want to take the snowshoes elsewhere in the Bog. These Ojibwa-style shoes are handmade and laced by Duluthian Tim Bates.
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