With your help, we’ve protected 363 acres of Bog for future generations of birds and birders!

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

Our second annual Big Half Year for the Bog fundraiser has started! To keep up with what has been going on so far this year, check out the link here.

This is an on going event which will help raise funds to help protect YOUR BOG!

How do we turn this into a fundraiser? Participants solicit pledges per species, or lump sums, or just ask for donations to their cause! All participants must pledge or raise over $50. This year, Big Half Years are diverse as species seen while exercising, species seen while wearing wool socks, and species selfies!

Each participant has a page on our website, which can be viewed from the above link. With questions on how to donate or for more information about the Big Half Year, email Sparky at sparky@saxzim.org.

 

Saturday, February 24

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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