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Upcoming Events

Field Trips & Programs Winter 2017-18

The Friends of Sax-Zim Bog is continuing to build and offer diverse programming for all of the seasons! The spring and summer listings include a mix of public programs, field trips, naturalist hikes, and workshops!  All of programs are FREE. All of the field trips are FREE for members who have donated over $20 in the last year. If you are not a member, the $20 Field Trip fee includes a membership and 12-months of free field trips. If you have any questions about any of the programs, field trips, naturalist hikes, or workshops, and to RSVP, please contact Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus via email at naturalist@saxzim.org.

Naturalist programs are funded in part by grants by the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation and the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation. Public programs are free to attend, but donations are always welcome! All field trips are free for members who have donated $20 in the last year. Membership is $20 and includes free entry to any field trip in a 12 month period! If you have any questions about any of the programs, please contact Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus via email at naturalist@saxzim.org.

 

January 1-June 30, 2018

Big Half Year for the Bog

Anywhere in the World!

Our second annual starts January 1st

Create your own birding goals for Jan-June 2018!

YOU CAN DESIGN YOUR OWN BIG HALF YEAR! Pick a birding goal…any goal! It can be species you see just in your backyard…or in a local park…or in your county…or entire state (ANY STATE! Not just Minnesota). Be creative! Because it is not the birder with the biggest number that wins…All prizes will be given away as a drawing in early July 2018. We will have a compilation picnic in July to share stories, eat good food and give away prizes.

How do we turn this into a fundraiser? You can solicit pledges per species, or lump sums, or just make a donation yourself! The more you raise, the more chances you’ll have to win our fabulous prizes (TBD). All participants must pledge or raise over $50.

Each participant will be given a page on our website to update folks on their progress in their personal Big Half Year for the Bog. Share stories, photos, videos!…and garner pledges.

EMAIL SPARKY (sparky@saxzim.org) YOUR BIG HALF YEAR GOAL AND GET STARTED!

For more information follow the link here.

 

Friday, January 12

Campfire Program

2:00- 4:00pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

People hold a special relationship to fire, whether it happens to be a reminder of a northern cabin or of Christmas time. Fire has been an important fixture to humanity… but why? Come investigate the reasons fire is important to people, both personally and ecologically. Come early to learn about a new method to build your own fire!

 

Saturday, January 13

Winter Finches Field Trip

9:00- 2:00 pm Meet at the Welcome Center

Many visitors to the Sax-Zim Bog in the winter season come to find the elusive Great Gray Owl. Others, come for the more readily seen, bright, and vocal finches. Join us on a this field trip looking for some of the bright winter visitors, such as Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Common Redpoll, and Crossbills. We will also introduce the natural history of these boreal wanderers.

Please RSVP to Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus via email at naturalist@saxzim.org

 

Northern Owls Evening Program

4:00- 5:00pm Meeting at the Welcome Center with Owl trip following until 9:00 pm.

Most often, visitors to the Sax-Zim Bog are looking for owls, but do you really know “hoo” owls are? Come and learn a little about some of the owls that can sometimes be found in the Sax-Zim Bog and the surrounding area. Following a short talk, we will caravan looking for some owls at dusk! Please RSVP, as space at the program will be limited to 25! RSVP to naturalist@saxzim.org

*** PROGRAM IS FULL ***

 

Sunday, January 14

Bog Ecology Snowshoe Hike

10:00- 12:00 pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

A bog is very particular ecosystem, with water systems being important to many of the species that inhabit a bog. However, during the winter, much of that liquid water is locked up! Join us for a program investigating a bog through the seasons: determining summer characteristics and observing winter characteristics of a bog. Plan on a short snowshoe hike around the Welcome Center.

Animal Adaptations

2:00-3:30 pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

Winter in northern Minnesota can be tough even for the most prepared outdoorsman. But how can critters survive with no coats, snow pants, or boots? Come find out how our winter resident birds and mammals and insects survive the frigid north!

 

Saturday, January 20

Tracking and Animal Sign

9:00- 12:00pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

Often, when traversing the Sax-Zim Bog, tracks are encountered. But how do you know if you are looking at dog vs wolf tracks? What is the difference between a hole made by a Downy Woodpecker and a Black-backed Woodpecker? We will investigate the activity by critters in the Sax-Zim Bog through an investigation of the area around the Welcome Center.

 

Sunday, January 21

Boreal Wings Gala

2:00-4:30pm Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley, MN

All bog buddies, please put Sunday January 21 on your calendar. That is the date of our 2018 Boreal Wings Gala at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, Minnesota.

Once again, we’ll have a silent auction with tons of fun bird-related items, bird-themed appetizers, Sax-Zim Bog merchandise, great conversation, an update from Executive Director Sparky, and even a World Premiere of another “Clinton’s Critters” video.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Al Batt of Hartland, Minnesota is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist. Al writes humor and nature columns for many newspapers and does regular radio shows about nature. He writes a number of popular cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally and is author of the book, “A Life Gone to the Birds.” He is a columnist for “Bird Watcher’s Digest” and writes for a number of magazines and books. He is a trustee of the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska. Al hosted TV shows for many years and speaks at various festivals, conferences and conventions all over the world. He has received the Ed Franey Conservation Media Award from the Izaak Walton League, the Thomas Sadler Roberts Award from the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union for lifetime contributions to birding and was recognized by Bluebirds Across Nebraska for outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation. Al speaks to anyone who will listen. His mother thinks he is special.

TICKETS ON SALE on our website. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS $35 per person (Kids 17 $ under FREE) (May also pay $40 at the door as well)

Email info@saxzim.org for more info…or Call Sparky at 218.341.3350 with questions.

DO YOU HAVE BIRD OR NATURE RELATED ITEMS TO DONATE FOR THE SILENT AUCTION? Email info@saxzim.org for more info…or Call Sparky at 218.341.3350

This is a Fundraiser for 501c3 non-profit Friends of Sax-Zim Bog to continue to purchase land in the Sax-Zim Bog and preserve it for future generations of birds and birders

 

Saturday, February 3

Winter Raptors Field Trip

8:00- 12:00 pm Meet at the Welcome Center

Colorful winter finches often get lots of attention from visitors to the Bog in the winter months, but finches are not the only winter visitors to see! This field trip will search the open ag-land and roadsides for birds of prey. The Sax-Zim Bog offers habitat to visitors from the Arctic, such as Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Shrikes, Northern Hawk Owls, and more! This field trip will spend time looking for all manner of birds of prey and other winter visitors to the Sax-Zim Bog.

Please RSVP to Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus via email at naturalist@saxzim.org

 

Sunday, February 4

Bog Lichen Hike

10:00- 12:30pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

For most plants and fungi, winter stops growth dead in its tracks, but lichens are not quite plants or fungi! Winter is a great time to see a wide variety of lichens in northern boreal forests. Come along for a hike into the bog to explore the wide variety of lichens!

 

Saturday, February 24

Campfire Program

12:00- 2:00pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

People hold a special relationship to fire, whether it happens to be a reminder of a northern cabin or of Christmas time. Fire has been an important fixture to humanity… but why? Come investigate the reasons fire is important to people, both personally and ecologically. Come early to learn about a new method to build your own fire!

 

Northern Owls Evening Program

4:00- 5:00pm Meeting at the Welcome Center with Owl trip following until 9:00 pm.

Most often, visitors to the Sax-Zim Bog are looking for owls, but do you really know “hoo” owls are? Come and learn a little about some of the owls that can sometimes be found in the Sax-Zim Bog and the surrounding area. Following a short talk, we will caravan looking for some owls at dusk! Please RSVP, as space at the program will be limited to 25! RSVP to naturalist@saxzim.org.

 

Sunday, February 25

Winter Finches Program

9:00- 12:00 pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

Many visitors to the Sax-Zim Bog in the winter season come to find the elusive Great Gray Owl. Others, come for the more readily seen, bright, and vocal finches. Join us on a short foray looking for some of the bright winter visitors, such as Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Common Redpoll, and Crossbills.

 

Tracking and Animal Sign

1:00- 3:00pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

Often, when traversing the Sax-Zim Bog, tracks are encountered. But how do you know if you are looking at dog vs wolf tracks? What is the difference between a hole made by a Downy Woodpecker and a Black-backed Woodpecker? We will investigate the activity by critters in the Sax-Zim Bog through an investigation of the area around the Welcome Center.

 

Saturday, March 3

Snowshoe Field Trip

9:00- 1:00 pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the frozen landscapes of northern Minnesota and is a great way to stay active during the winter months. This field trip will explore snowshoeing history and investigate tracks found along the trail. We will be snowshoeing on the South Logging Road off of McDavitt Road, an often underexplored area! Plan for a full afternoon out in the Bog!

Please RSVP to Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus via email at naturalist@saxzim.org

 

Directions to Welcome Center on Owl Avenue

**Open mid December to mid March from 10am-3pm daily

**Also marked on our birding map

Directions from Cotton, MN on US53…

*Go West from Cotton on CR52/Arkola for 11 miles

*Turn South (left) on Owl Avenue

*Go 1.75 miles (second curve) to Welcome Center

 

Directions from Meadowlands, on CR133…

*Go West on CR133 to CR229/29

*Turn North (left) on CR229/29

*Go North to T at Correction Line Rd

*Turn West (left) on Correction Line Rd

*Road curves North and becomes Owl Ave

*Go North on Owl Avenue for 2.5 miles to Welcome Center

 

 

Naturalist programs are new for the FOSZB, funded in part by grants by the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation and the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation. Public programs are free to attend, but donations are always welcome! All field trips are free for members who have donated $20 in the last year. Membership is $20 and includes free entry to any field trip in a 12 month period! If you have any questions about any of the programs, please contact Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus via email at naturalist@saxzim.org.

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