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Virtually Live Sax-Zim Field Trip Series 2020

Join Executive Director Sparky Stensaas on these “Virtually Live” Birding Field Trips in the Sax-Zim Bog.

VIRTUALLY LIVE BIRDING FIELD TRIP SAX-ZIM MAY 24, 2020

It’s the Virtually Live edition of Waffles & Warblers! Except Sparky has Grape Nuts for breakfast instead. Twelve species of colorful warblers are found in the Sax-Zim Bog…and all are on breeding territory. Golden-winged Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Mourning Warbler, and more. Plus Bobolink heaven along Arkola Road. And Sparky makes an announcement about a new video series. Will this be the last Virtually Live birding field trip? Stay tuned!

VIRTUALLY LIVE 6: SAX-ZIM BIRDING/AUDIO/VIDEO/PHOTO: May 19, 2020

Join Sparky Stensaas on a virtual birding field trip to the Sax-Zim Bog. Highlights include a hunting Great Gray Owl, a dirt-eating Porcupine, breeding White-winged Crossbills, juvenile Canada jays and 10 species of warblers including Magnolia, Northern Waterthrush, Black and white Warbler, tour of the new MOTUS tower and more. Sponsored by Friends of Sax-Zim Bog

VIRTUALLY LIVE 5: SAX-ZIM BIRDING/AUDIO/VIDEO/PHOTO: May 11, 2020

In this week’s installment of Virtually Live in Sax-Zim Bog, Sparky takes us on a fly-over of the little-explored Blue Dasher Bog where he searches for Trumpeter Swans. We also bird Stone Lake Road and Zim Road. Great looks at a gorgeous drake Blue-winged Teal, singing Yellow-rumped Warbler, flapping Sandhill Crane, nest-building Trumpeter Swans and more. Three FOY (first-of-year) species are found including two iconic Sax-Zim Bog breeding birds…LeConte’s Sparrow and Sedge Wren.

VIRTUALLY LIVE 4: SAX-ZIM BIRDING/AUDIO/VIDEO/PHOTO: May 4, 2020

The day started out promising with sunny skies, calm winds and a very cooperative drake Wood Duck, and then it gets even better with some RARE BIRDS for Sax-Zim: the Meadowlark of the prairies, a sparrow not normally found in northeast Minnesota, a surprising warbler on territory, and a pair of grassland-loving shorebirds (Thanks to FOSZB Head Naturalist Clinton and his eagle-eyed wife Kristina!). A very FAT and cooperative “quill pig” is the “Superstar Mammal of the Day,” but what will be the Superstar Bird? Stick around for the surprise procreative ending to Sparky’s Virtually Live field trip!

VIRTUALLY LIVE 3: SAX-ZIM BIRDING/AUDIO/VIDEO/PHOTO: April 28 2020. 

Join Executive Director Sparky Stensaas on a 5 hour birding, photography, video tour in northeastern Minnesota’s Sax-Zim Bog. We visit Nichols Lake, the Warren Woessner Bog Boardwalk, Admiral Road willow flats and the Welcome Center. Wild Turkeys in full display, slow motion video of Wilson’s Snipe doing their aerial courtship display, Porcupine eating willow catkins.

VIRTUALLY LIVE 2: BIRDING/PHOTOGRAPHY FIELD TRIP: April 21, 2020

Our second Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Virtually Live birding field trip. April 21, 2020. On this outing Sparky Stensaas nearly drives right by a Great Gray Owl, finds cooperative pairs of Sandhill Cranes, photographs late Snow Buntings and Northern Shrikes and more. We wind our way around the Sax-Zim Bog from 6:20 am to 11:15 am with stops at Stone Lake, Sax Road, St. Louis River, Arkola and more. Superstar bird of the day is ????

VIRTUALLY LIVE 1: BIRDING/PHOTO/VIDEO FIELD TRIP: April 14, 2020

Birding the Bog April 14, 2020

“Clinton’s Bog-ventures” Mini Bog Adventures 2020

Fringed Gentian Bog & Auggie’s Bogwalk

In this mid May 2020 episode of Clinton’s Bog-ventures he explores Friends of Sax-Zim Bog’s Fringed Gentian Bog and Auggie’s Bogwalk. Bristly Clubmoss, Wood Frog, Early Sweet Coltsfoot, Pink Ladyslipper and more!

Thanks to Clinton & Kristina Dexter-Nienhaus

Monster Mudminnow: Clinton’s Bog-ventures in Sax-Zim Bog

May 2020.

Friends of Sax-Zim Bog head naturalist Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus finds a Central Mudminnow at Blue Dasher Bog and shares the natural history of this tiny relative of the Northern Pike. Clinton’s Bog-ventures is sponsored by Friends of Sax-Zim Bog. Thanks to Clinton and Kristina Dexter-Nienhaus.

Join Friends of Sax-Zim Bog’s Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus as he shares the natural history of the fascinating flora and fauna of the Sax-Zim Bog. Naturalist/Narrator: Clinton Nienhaus
Wildlife Video/Editing: Sparky Stensaas

WATCH THE “How Great Gray Owls Hunt” EPISODE HERE

WATCH THE SHARP-TAILED GROUSE EPISODE HERE

WATCH THE WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL EPISODE HERE

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