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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 Bog
Spring is well under way in the Sax-Zim Bog! Join us for two programs tomorrow!

8:00- 10:00 am @ Warren Nelson Bog- Phenology Series #2: Late April Flowers and Frogs!
If you enjoy spending time in a bog, this phenology program is a great way to see the changes through the season of a bog. This week, we will be looking for some of the early blooming flowers that inhabit bogs, as well as looking for sign of amphibian activity! Bring your mud boots and expect to get a little wet!

1:00-3:00 pm @ Welcome Center- Spring Bog Ecology
This winter groups explored the bog under the cover of snow, but finally, you will be able to experience a snow free, albeit wet, bog! Experiencing a bog is a treat and this program is a great way to learn first hand all of the characteristics of a bog!
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**Arkola Road is closed between Hwy 53 and Hwy 7**

The Spring and Summer Program listings have been updated!! If you enjoyed your time in the Bog during the winter season, don't forget about the diversity of species found in the Bog during the spring and summer. Below are the listings for the programs offered to help expand your knowledge of the Sax-Zim Bog and Minnesota's species. As always, with any question about programs contact Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus as naturalist@saxzim.org!
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
A gorgeous morning and early afternoon on the Early Birds Field Trip! A wonderful group of 6 folks joined us this morning for a tour of the species present during the early season in the Sax-Zim Bog. We managed a total of 51 species of bird today including:

At least 14 Sharp-tailed Grouse displaying at the Racek Road Lek. Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were singing their hearts out in the sunshine! The best sighting of the early afternoon was a beautiful adult female Rough-legged Hawk soaring then hovering along Highway 7 south of Byrne's Greenhouse! She put on a wonderful show, though never did decide to catch whatever she had her eyes on!

Below is a photo of the group enjoying the rather boisterous Trumpeter Swans on Stone Lake. For the complete list of species, see the attached eBird list.

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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Spring has slowly made it's way up to the Sax-Zim Bog and some early spring bird species have been singing on territory as of late. If you have missed the song of the White-throated Sparrow (pictured below), join us this Friday for an early spring birding trip! This trip is free for members (folks who have donated $20 in the past year) or $20 for non-members, which will get you a membership and free field trips for one year!

Details for this trip are below:

Friday April 22
6:30 am- 10:30 am Meeting at the Welcome Center

**Please RSVP to naturalist@saxzim.org**
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
The answer to who laid that egg mass: Wood Frog!!

Wood frogs are one of the earliest calling and breeding amphibians in Minnesota. Egg masses have been laid in the Sax-Zim Bog for at least the passed two days, perhaps longer. Some amphibians can be identified by their egg masses. For example, toads lay long, stringy egg masses; whereas salamander lay fewer eggs in larger egg masses.

Call is the best way to ID frogs and early spring is a great time to hear the three early northern species: Wood Frog, Boreal Chorus Frog, and Spring Peeper. All of these species have been heard calling in the Sax-Zim Bog lately, especially near the Welcome Center pond.

An adult male Wood Frog is pictured below. Male frogs and toads have enlarged thumbs, which are used to hold on tight to females during mating. Wood frogs are unique as their throat sac is not on their throat at all! Instead, wood frogs have a two lobed throat sac that can be found on either side of their head.
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