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BRRRRdathon 2017 Results & Photos

Minus 30 F air temps…FINALLY! Yes, the 2017 BRRRRdathon finally lived up to its slogan as the World’s Coldest Birdathon with Friday morning air temps ranging from Minus-16 in Duluth to Minus 35 in parts of the interior of northeast Minnesota. But this did not daunt the eight teams competing to get their names forever emblazoned on the “Gary…

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New Video Series Launched

Clinton's Critters

Join Friends of Sax-Zim Bog’s Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus as he shares the natural history of this rare northern grouse. Video by Sparky Stensaas shows dancing Sharp-tailed Grouse, and rare footage of a snow-roosting grouse exploding up out of the snow!…read more

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Bog Blog

Boreal Wings Gala 2017 Soars!

A record 120 “bog buddies” attended the 2017 Boreal Wings Gala on January 29th at the brand new Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, Minnesota. It was standing room only as Big Year Record Breaker Olaf Danielson took the floor. He regaled the crowd with tales of his “Bad Weather Big Year” including a very close encounter with a Black Bear in Arizona, finding a HUGE Blanding’s Turtle with his 92 year old grandmother in Wisconsin, sleep…read more

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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
WELCOME CENTER CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Thanks to all who stopped by! We will be open for field trips and special events this spring/summer, and opening again on Saturday December 9, 2017. Huge thanks to our Welcome Center naturalists Heather-Marie Bloom, Frank Nicoletti, Amy Johnson, Clinton Nienhaus and volunteers Rubin Stenseng, Rich Hoeg, Nancy Fisher, Susan Meisner, Sally Grames, Juliann Grahn, Lori Williams, Dave Steininger, Cynthia Reuss, Ben Yokel, Kate Nicoletti, Gene and Julie Ollila, and Tom and Carol-Ann Bloom. See you in the Bog!
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
** Winter Raptors and Citizen Science Blog Post Up! **

There is new blog post up on the "Bog Blog" this time discussing citizen science and our Winter Raptor Survey! Take a look!

http://saxzim.org/winter-raptors-and-citizen-science/
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
It is March in the Bog!!

This means many of our birds are on their way back north, like Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Shrikes, and winter finches. Owls are starting to call and bald eagles are thinking about nesting! It also means that there are only a few programs left for the winter season! Here is a list of the final programs for the winter season. All programs will meet at the Welcome Center. Please RSVP to Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org.

We hope to see you this weekend!!

Friday, March 3
10:00-11:00 am- Animal Adaptations
2:00-3:30 pm- Winter Tree ID

Saturday, March 4
9:00 am- 2:00 pm- Bog Snowshoe Hike
*There are limited snowshoes available*

Sunday, March 5
9:00 am- 12:00 pm- Winter Bog Exploration

3:00-7:00 pm- Northern Owls Evening Program
*This program is full!*

(Photo of Head Naturalist Clinton and Winter Bog Exploration group from February 24. Photo by Ben Yokel)
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
** Bog Road Report **

Road conditions in the Bog are fair. Only an inch or two of new snow covering the roads. The roads on the north are better than the roads on the south end of the Bog. However, conditions may be tricky as ruts that were created during the thaw have frozen, which may make your drive a bit hazardous. Roads to the Bog are still listed as snow covered, with about 6 inches of new snow on the roads. Drive carefully and take your time out there today!
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Friends of Sax-Zim Bog
** Programs Cancelled for today **

Due to continued snow and poor road conditions the two programs scheduled for today (Bog Ecology @ 10 and Animal Sogn and Tracking @ 12) will be cancelled.

Stay tuned for a road condition report later today!
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** Winter Bog Exploration Field Trip Report **

It just so happened the snow from yesterday gave good conditions for exploring the Bog today! A group of 11 started the day exploring the bogs west of McDavitt Road.

The trip started with 70+ White-winged Crossbills foraging in the tamaracks just off the road. Further into the bog we found a winter wonderland with snowshoe hate, short-tailed weasel, and fisher tracks! We noted the diversity of lichens on the spruces and tamaracks and dug in the snow to find leatherleaf and Labrador tea. The wind gave a strong chill, so we finished the field trip at the Welcome Center!

Around the Welcome Center trails, we found bobcat, gray fox, and ruffed grouse tracks, along with some new deciduous tree species not found along the McDavitt Bog. All told, our mini-Bioblitz turned up 58 species! If you are interested in exploring the Bog further, there is one more mini-Bioblitz Bog Exploration Trip scheduled for March 5! RSVP to Head Naturalist Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org!

(Photos below by Clinton Nienhaus)

Sax-Zim Bog eBird Reports

46 observations in last 30 days!

  • Canada Goose
    4
  • Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) - 4


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Ruffed Grouse
    1
  • Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) - 1


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Wild Turkey
    4
  • Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) - 4


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Golden Eagle
    1
  • Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) - 1


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Harrier
    5
  • Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) - 5


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Bald Eagle
    4
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) - 4


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red-tailed Hawk
    1
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) - 1


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Rough-legged Hawk
    9
  • Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) - 9


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Great Gray Owl
    1
  • Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) - 1


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Downy Woodpecker
    2
  • Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) - 2


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Hairy Woodpecker
    3
  • Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) - 3


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Shrike
    1
  • Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor) - 1


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Blue Jay
    7
  • Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) - 7


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Crow
    13
  • American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) - 13


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Common Raven
    5
  • Common Raven (Corvus corax) - 5


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-capped Chickadee
    40
  • Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) - 40


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
    11
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) - 11


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • White-breasted Nuthatch
    2
  • White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) - 2


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • European Starling
    16
  • European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) - 16


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • White-winged Crossbill
    20
  • White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) - 20


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pine Siskin
    50
  • Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) - 50


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Goldfinch
    1
  • American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) - 1


    Observer:
    Zachary Allen
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-24 08:33
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Woodcock
    1
  • American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) - 1


    Observer:
    Jason Mandich
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-23 13:19
    Status:
    Approved

  • Barred Owl
    1
  • Barred Owl (Strix varia) - 1


    Observer:
    Jason Mandich
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-23 13:19
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
    2
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) - 2


    Observer:
    Jason Mandich
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-23 13:19
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-billed Magpie
    1
  • Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) - 1


    Observer:
    Gae Jarvis
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-22 10:01
    Status:
    Approved

  • Common Redpoll
    20
  • Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) - 20


    Observer:
    Gae Jarvis
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-22 10:01
    Status:
    Approved

  • Evening Grosbeak
    10
  • Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) - 10


    Observer:
    Gae Jarvis
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-22 10:01
    Status:
    Approved

  • Rock Pigeon
    6
  • Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) - 6


    Observer:
    Gerald Hoekstra
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-20 08:12
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pileated Woodpecker
    5
  • Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) - 5


    Observer:
    Gerald Hoekstra
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-20 08:12
    Status:
    Approved

  • House Sparrow
    5
  • House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) - 5


    Observer:
    Gerald Hoekstra
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-20 08:12
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Hawk Owl
    1
  • Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) - 1


    Observer:
    Daniel Guerin
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-11 09:08
    Status:
    Approved

  • Gray Jay
  • Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) -


    Observer:
    Daniel Guerin
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-11 09:08
    Status:
    Approved

  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
    6
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) - 6


    Observer:
    Anonymous Ebirder
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-11 08:57
    Status:
    Approved

  • Purple Finch
    3
  • Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) - 3


    Observer:
    Anonymous Ebirder
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-11 08:57
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Goshawk
    1
  • Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) - 1


    Observer:
    Ken Milender
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • Downy/Hairy Woodpecker
    1
  • Downy/Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens/villosus) - 1


    Observer:
    Ken Milender
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • Dark-eyed Junco
    1
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) - 1


    Observer:
    Ken Milender
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-11 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

  • Pine Grosbeak
    1
  • Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) - 1


    Observer:
    Durrell Kapan
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-10 11:52
    Status:
    Approved

  • Boreal Chickadee
    2
  • Boreal Chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus) - 2


    Observer:
    Anonymous Ebirder
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-10 08:09
    Status:
    Approved

  • Northern Cardinal
    1
  • Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) - 1


    Observer:
    Anonymous Ebirder
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-10 08:09
    Status:
    Approved

  • Red Crossbill
    1
  • Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) - 1


    Observer:
    Anonymous Ebirder
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-10 08:09
    Status:
    Approved

  • Trumpeter Swan
    2
  • Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) - 2


    Observer:
    P Albin
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-09 08:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • American Tree Sparrow
    2
  • American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) - 2


    Observer:
    P Albin
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-09 08:00
    Status:
    Approved

  • Black-backed Woodpecker
    1
  • Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) - 1


    Observer:
    Steven Glynn
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-05 10:40
    Status:
    Approved

  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
    1
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) - 1


    Observer:
    Kathleen Rawdon
    Location:
    Sax-Zim Bog
    Date:
    2017-03-03 07:10
    Status:
    Approved

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