With your help, we’ve protected 326 acres of Bog for future generations of birds and birders!

Upcoming Events

Field Trips & Programs Spring/Early Summer 2017

The Friends of Sax-Zim Bog is continuing to build and offer diverse programming for all of the seasons! This winter, new additions to the schedule will include workshops and new topics of discovery in the Sax-Zim Bog. All of programs are FREE. All of the field trips are FREE (unless noted under the trip description) for members who have donated over $20 in the last year. If you are not a member, the $20 fee includes a membership and 12-months of free field trips. If you have any questions about any of the Programs, Field Trips, Workshops, or to RSVP, please contact Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus via email at naturalist@saxzim.org.

Friday, May 6

Things that go Buzz, Croak, Hoot, and Bump in the Night Field Trip

4:30-5:30 pm Early Dinner at Wilbert Café in Cotton

6:00-10:00 pm Field Trip meeting at the Welcome Center

Spring in the Bog is full of burgeoning life…and dusk is a great time to SEE and HEAR some of the unique critters. On this evening event we will listen for early season frog species, American Bittern, Wilson’s Snipe, American Woodcock, and search for Great Gray Owls! However, you never know what these late-afternoon-to-dark trips might turn up!


Wednesday, May 10, 17, 24, 31

Warbler Wednesdays

FOUR Warbler Wednesday Field Trips this year!

6 am- 12:00pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

Warblers! That is what the target of this weekly field trip will be! Of course there are other species of birds to see in the bog during this time: up to 75 species can be expected in one day! The Sax-Zim Bog is home to many species of warbler, including Connecticut Warblers, who draw folks from across the country each year! Join us each Wednesday to find these beautiful and diverse songsters!


Wednesday, May 17, 24, 31

Wildflower Wednesdays!

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

If you don’t want to join the early birds for Warbler Wednesdays, come out after lunch to see some iconic bog wildflowers! The Sax-Zim Bog is a diverse set of habitats with a flowering plant list over 200 species! Bog orchids, carnivorous plants, and boreal forest specialties can all be found in the expanses of the bog. Be prepared for a leisurely hike, perhaps venturing in to the bog at times! (BRING A LUNCH IF YOU PLAN TO DO BOTH THE WARBLERS IN MORNING AND WILDFLOWERS IN P.M.)


Saturday July 22

Bog to Ridge BioBlitz V

9 am- 3:00pm Meeting at the Welcome Center (BIRD trip leaves at 6:00 am)

BioBlitzes have been a trademark event for the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog and this year will be different than most as we will be partnering with Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory and competing to see who can find the most species between two different sites: The Sax-Zim Bog and the Hawk Ridge Nature Preserve! This two day event will allow the avid naturalist and outdoor enthusiast to explore familiar sites with greater detail. Join experts on topics as diverse as spiders and lichens, to wildflowers and birds! A compilation for Day 1 will occur on the 22nd with Day 2’s compilation to come later. More information will be coming about this joint event!


Sunday July 23

Ridge BioBlitz 

Part Two of the Bog to Ridge BioBlitz will be at Hawk Ridge. Details to follow.


Saturday August 12

WORKSHOP: LICHENS & FERNS with Joe Walewski 

Cost $80 preregistration ($90 after August 1)


Joe Walewski, author of Ferns of the North Woods and Lichens of the North Woods, will lead this all day workshop on Sax-Zim’s often ignored organisms…the lichens and ferns. Spend the day learning about the lives of these fascinating groups. You’ll go in the field to learn identification tips and tricks, and closely inspect our varied species at a variety of locations. We’ll also bring specimens back to the Welcome Center to examine them under a microscope. Joe’s books will be available for purchase! Car pooling. Bring your own lunch, water, drinks, hat, rubber boots, sunscreen, bug dope. There will be off-trail walking in wet conditions. More details coming!

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 as part of a grant by the Lloyd K. Johnson 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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