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 JUNE 2, 2020
This is the “triathlon” edition of Virtually Live. Sparky kayaks, fat bikes and even walks a little in the Sax-Zim Bog during this June 2nd episode. We begin the field trip by kayaking from Stone Lake to East Stone Lake and find one of our latest migrants, the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (amongst many other cool finds), then fat bike to the Whiteface River and discover some unique birds and flowers in the floodplain forest on a parcel that we are in the process of purchasing. A cooperative Mourning Warbler rounds out our adventure.
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
“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
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 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL EPISODE HERE