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Archived Webinars

Winter Webinar Series 2021

Introduction to the Sax-Zim Bog

Presenter: Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus
The Sax-Zim Bog is a well-known bird watching location in the winter. Boreal species like Great Gray Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Boreal Chickadee are residents and easiest to find during the winter. Pine Grosbeak, Common and Hoary Redpolls, Northern Shrike, and Northern Hawk Owl attract visitors as they winter in the “Arctic Riviera.” Outside of birds, how much do most folks know about this place? Do you know the origins of the name Sax-Zim Bog? Where are the best places to find orchids?

If you wanted to learn more about the Sax-Zim Bog and the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, this webinar is for you! This talk will cover the basics of what makes that Sax-Zim Bog so special, answer some basic questions visitors may have, and introduce you to the Winter Webinar Series.

Watch the video of this Webinar here: Introduction to the Sax-Zim Bog

Sax-Zim Bog Property Tour!

Presenter: Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus
There are a number of ways to enjoy the Sax-Zim Bog during all seasons: hiking or snowshoeing, bird watching, finding spiders or wildflowers, or simply just enjoying the majesty of Black Spruce and Tamarack peatlands. Our mission as an organization is to preserve, promote, and protect the Sax-Zim Bog through land preservation, education, research, and communication. Part of the way we address our mission is by buying properties that help preserve this wonderful area.

Currently, we have protected 524 acres of habitat divided between 8 properties. Have you visited all of our properties? If you have not, this program will talk about each of our properties: how we acquired them, what you might find if you visit them, and how to visit and experience these properties for yourself!

Watch the video of this Webinar here: Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Property Tour

Invasion of the Vole Snatchers (& Winter Finch Irruptions)

Presenter: Sparky Stensaas
You might say, “fat-bodied voles make the hawkin’ world go round.” Or maybe not. Anyway, in this webinar we’ll learn about the Invasion each winter of “vole snatchers”: Owls, shrikes, hawks, ermine, marten, fox, coyote and more survive and thrive on a diet of voles. A video of many of these guys in action will be included. We’ll also see why we have a “different cast of characters” visiting the Bog each winter. And this was a fantastic year for certain winter finches.

Watch the video of this Webinar here: Invasion of the Vole Snatchers (& Winter Finch Irruptions) Sax-Zim Bog

Enjoying Sax-Zim Bog in all seasons: Spring and Summer Strategies!

Presenter: Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus

March sees the departure of many of our winter species, like Pine Grosbeak, Rough-legged Hawk, and redpolls. This leaves a full month or more waiting for green grass and blooming flowers. Why not take advantage of this period of inaction by planning a visit for the Spring or Summer!

This program will round out our Winter Webinar series by thinking ahead to May and beyond, helping you choose the best time to visit the Sax-Zim Bog if you are interested in bugs, birds, or plants. We hope to answer questions like: When can I visit with the least amount of mosquitoes or flies? Can I still find birds in June? What is the best time visit to find butterflies? All of this and more will be answered through this webinar.

Watch the video of this Webinar here: Enjoying Sax-Zim Bog in all seasons: Spring and Summer Strategies!

Summer Webinar Series 2021

American Kestrel Research in the Bog

Over the last few seasons, you have seen updates following the end of our American Kestrel Nest Box program’s monitoring season through the Bog Blog. This program will serve as a review of our American Kestrel Research program’s progress so far up to the 2021 season. This program will cover greater depth than the similar program Head Naturalist Clinton gave for the 2020 Minnesota Ornithologists Union Paper Sessions.

Watch the video of this Webinar here: American Kestrel Research in the Bog

Preserving, Promoting, and Protecting Pollinators

If you have been curious about supporting pollinators this program is for you! Bees and butterflies get a lot of attention when considering pollinators (and rightfully so!), but what about the beetles, wasps, and other species that pollinate and support native plants through their lifecycle? This webinar will cover the importance of native landscaping, give some information about pollinating insects, and hopefully inspire you to take the next step in creating habitats that will benefit species in your area.

Watch the video of this Webinar here: Preserving, Promoting, and Protecting Pollinators

Moths: Nighttime Visitors

Moths are all around us, but often difficult to observe due to their nocturnal habits. The Sax-Zim Bog’s diverse habitat types showcase a wide variety of moth species, with over 500 species documented so far!  Moths are incredibly diverse in size, shape, color, and ecological importance. This talk will cover basics of moth evolution and biology, introduce identification, and suggest tips for observing moths at your home or further afield.

Watch the video of this Webinar here: Moths: Nighttime Visitors

Sax-Zim Bog BioBlitz 9 in Review

This webinar will follow the completion of the 9th Annual Sax-Zim Bog BioBlitz! This webinar will be for those curious to how the BioBlitz went and interested in learning the history of Sax-Zim Bog BioBlitzes. This program will also give an update on biodiversity in the Sax-Zim Bog for those interested. 

Watch the video of this Webinar here: BioBlitz 9 Review

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