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Bob Russell Memorial Boardwalk

The Bob Russell Memorial Boardwalk at Winterberry Bog is in its planning stages. Wintering Black-backed and American Three-toed Woodpeckers, Barred Owls, Brown Creepers, Blackburnian Warblers, Russula mushrooms, Pink Ladyslipper, and Labrador Tea are just a few of the attractions at this 40 acre bog parcel. We need to raise about $35 to $45,000 to make the boardwalk a reality in 2020. We have applied for a major grant that would cover about 40% of the cost. Help us build the boardwalk by giving your gift today.

Boardwalk Length (proposed):
1,000 feet: Route will go from the new parking pad just north of the existing sign and head due west into the heart of the mature Black Spruce bog. It will skirt the larch-beetle-infested Tamaracks that were worked over by the Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers during the last few winters.

Activities at this tract: 
Hiking (currently on a trail), birding, photography, botanizing. Winter feeders are maintained here as well.

Location:
Address- 9105 Murphy Road, Cotton, MN
Trailhead Coordinates- 47.170382, -92.536680

Directions: 
From Hwy 53: Head west from Cotton on Arkola Road (Co Rd 52) until you reach Murphy Road. Turn right (north) on Murphy road for 0.1 mi. The property and trailhead are on the left (west) side of the road.
See our Birding Map for details.

Parking: 
A parking pad will be included in the Bob Russell Bogwalk construction. It will hold 6-8 cars. For now, folks will have to park along Murphy Road (don’t pull over too far as it is easy to get stuck in winter). Please only park on one side of the road if there are multiple vehicles, to allow through traffic to pass.

Who was Bob Russell?

A letter from Friends of Sax-Zim Bog co-founder, Kim Eckert

Bob Russell got me started in birding in 1962, kept my interest alive in the early years, and had been my closest friend for over 50 years until he died in June 2019. Without him, it’s doubtful I’d ever become a birder. For those who didn’t know him, which is probably most of you, see http://www.mbwbirds.com/blog.html.
To remember Bob with this Winterberry Bog Boardwalk, I will match donations made in his name. (So, for example, if you are able to contribute $40, which amounts to about one foot of boardwalk, I will add $40 for a total donation of $80.) At this time, I am planning to raise $10,000 for boardwalk expenses with these matching donations. Of course, it’s possible this joint effort might be able to exceed that amount, and anything above my goal would, of course, still go towards any additional funding to complete the boardwalk.If you’d like to participate, whether you’re primarily interested in doing something in Bob’s memory, or in supporting the work of Friends of Sax-Zim, mail your check for any amount payable to Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, PO Box 3585, Duluth, MN 55803. Or, if you prefer, you can make your donation on-line at https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/BwkOnfLLsDAKTQQ6mPCk1g. Either way, please indicate that your donation is in Bob’ Russell’s memory so I can be sure to make my matching donation.
Thanks in advance for your support – from both myself and Friends of Sax-Zim.

—Kim Eckert, May 2020

The 1,000 foot Bob Russell Bogwalk will be the longest in Sax-Zim. FOSZB co-founder Kim Eckert has generously put a $5,000 matching donation on the table. Construction will begin in July 2020 with completion by September.

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