11th Annual Sax-Zim Bog Bioblitz!
Saturday July 8, 2023
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog has made this an annual summer event. In it’s 11th year, the BioBlitz continues to grow with the addition of new field trips and experts, documentation of species in new areas of the Bog, and increased attendance by naturalists and curious outdoors folks alike.
The concept of a bioblitz started a couple decades ago…and for a noble but bittersweet reason; teams of biologists (ornithologists, mammologists, botanists, lichenologists and so on) were sent to tracts of rainforest jungle that were on the verge of destruction; their mission was to record every living species and every bit of natural history they could before it was lost to humanity forever. The concept evolved in North America to become an educational event where the public can go in the field with a specialist in any one of many disciplines and record what they find and learn about it at the same time.
We have put a spin on the bioblitz concept by adding two very important elements:
—EDUCATION: All leaders share interesting info about their subjects with the participants
—SHARING: From 2-3 pm all the leaders share their most interesting field finds…and often have specimens for folks to see.
These two items make for a very enjoyable and educational day!
FAMILIES WELCOME! KIDS ARE WELCOME ON ALL FIELD TRIPS.
*** NOTE: Field Trips are subject to change and will be updated up until the day of the event! ***
Friday, July 7
9:00 pm– BioBlitz Moth and Nighttime Creatures Field Trip start at Welcome Center
Saturday, July 8
6:00- 9:00 am– BioBlitz Bird Field Trip (meeting at Wilburt Cafe Parking Lot by 6:00 am, REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
8:45- 9:00 am—Please arrive by 9am at the latest to attend the intro talk and pick your field trip.
9:15 am—Field trips depart (Please bring your own water/drinks, lunch, sunscreen/bugdope, boots, field equipment (if you want)).
11:00 am- Family Friendly Nature Hike meets at the Welcome Center
2:00 pm—Field trips return to Welcome Center for wrap-up and sharing.
2:30-3:30 pm—Wrap-up presentations and Species Compilation (All leaders will return with some critters/plants to share with the groups, basically show-and-tell for adults!).
Registration is now open! Registration is not required for this event, but is encouraged. Field Trip registration will take place prior to the BioBlitz start before 9 am.
Register for the BioBlitz here: 11th Annual Sax-Zim Bog BioBlitz
Register for the Moth and Nighttime Creatures Field Trip here: Moth and Nighttime Creatures Field Trip
Register for the pre-BioBlitz Bird Field Trip here: Pre-BioBlitz Bird Field Trip
Register for the Family Friendly Nature Hike here: Family Friendly Nature Hike
Confirmed LEADERS & TRIPS for 2023
Sam Guida- Galls, Burls, and Non-Metazoan Plant Diseases Field Trip
Kyle Johnson- Moths (Evening Field Trip) and Butterflies (Day Field Trip)
Ariel Bonkoski- Fungi Field Trip
Clinton and Kristina Dexter-Nienhaus- Moths (Evening Field Trip) and Plants Field Trip (Day Field Trip)
Sparky Stensaas- Spiders Field Trip
Greg Cleary- Pre-BioBlitz Bird Field Trip
Lori Williams- Family Friendly Nature Hike
Murphy Steininger- Aquatic BioDiversity Field Trip
Mike Moen- Dragonflies and Damselflies Field Trip