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Field Trips & Events

Field Trips & Programs Spring and Summer 2018

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 $25 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 $25 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.

**RSVP is REQUIRED for attendance to programs or field trips**

 

Saturday, August 4

Bog BioBlitz VI

Meet at the Welcome Center by 9 am, trips to return by 2:00 pm with specimen displays and species compilation to follow. 

This is the second BioBlitz to be done in August, and this year promises to be amazing! The first August BioBlitz was the inaugural effort, which only saw attendance by a couple of folks… So this year, the more eyes the better! August can be a fun time of the year to find species. Many hard to ID plants have begun to flower, butterfly numbers increase with some real stunners in the late season, dragonfly diversity nears the tail end of the peak of diversity, and many pollinating insects are active on our late season plants. Our 6th consecutive BioBlitz hopes to shine a light in an often un-visited time in the Sax-Zim Bog, with hopes of adding to our Master Species List and understanding of the species that call the Sax-Zim Bog home. Our Master Species list is now over 1300 species and growing, come out to the BioBlitz with a good chance to add a few more species to this amazing show of biodiversity in Minnesota.

A BioBlitz is a great way to interact with other enthusiasts and experts in a particular area of interest. Each trip will gather at the Welcome Center. These trips are meant to find species, but also to learn! If you have wanted to spend time in the field sharpening your skills at lichen ID or wonder what those dragonflies are that you are seeing by your pond, this would be the event for you. If you are interested in attending, there is no need to RSVP, but do plan on bringing a few things. Plan to be in the field all day, so bringing a lunch, water, bug spray, shoes/boots for wet conditions would be great. Field Guides will be provided on some trips, as will a few nets for the Dragonfly and Damselfly trip.

For more information about the trips or with further questions, please contact Head Naturalist Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org. Further information about the trips can be found below! For information for the Hawk Ridge BioBlitz on August 5th, as part of the Bog to Ridge BioBlitz weekend, find information following this link: https://www.hawkridge.org/calendar/

Note: Saturday, August 4 BioBlitz will be at Sax-Zim Bog, while Sunday, August 5 is at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve in Duluth. 

 

Bog BioBlitz Field Trips start at 9:00 am and will return by 2:00 pm.

Leaders will display specimens and the compilation will be held from 2:30-3:30 pm.

Field Trips* for this year’s BioBlitz are as follows:

Butterflies: Jerry McCormick

Plants: Kelly Beaster

Lichens: Joan Hunn

Tiger Beetles/General Species: Bill Teft and Chris Smith

General Insects: Sparky Stensaas

Spiders: Cassie Novak

Dragonflies and Damselflies: Clinton Nienhaus

Moths: Kristina Dexter and Clinton Nienhaus (early AM, email Clinton if interested)

*field trips are subject to change

 

 

 

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 $25 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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