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Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center

May 2019

Warbler Wednesdays!

May 29 @ 6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Warblers! That is what the target of this weekly field trip will be! Of course there are MANY other species of birds to see and hear in the bog during this time: Up to 75 species or more can be expected in one day! The Sax-Zim Bog is home to many species of warbler, including Connecticut Warblers, who draw folks from across the country each year! Join us each Wednesday to find these beautiful and diverse songsters! We will concentrate…

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June 2019

Bog Plants Field Trip

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bogs are home to a very special community of flora and fauna. Often, the plants growing in and around bogs are very specialized! Sundews and pitcher plants have adapted a carnivorous lifestyle to make up for a lack of certain nutrients in their environment. Plants like leatherleaf and Labrador tea have similarities to plants you may find growing in desert conditions. This field trip will hope to find a few of these specialists, along with a suite of other wetland…

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Moths and More bog field trip

June 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Moths are a familiar group of insects and can often show amazing diversity in color and pattern. However, since these are mostly nocturnal insects, there isn’t often as much excitement in actively searching out moths. We have documented nearly 200 species of moth in the Sax-Zim Bog and this field trip will serve as a good introduction to moths and moth watching! Plan on bringing a head lamp or flashlight to this program. The Friends of Sax-Zim Bog is continuing…

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Sax Zim Bog Wildflowers Field Trip

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Sax-Zim Bog is a network of habitats, which, in turn, allow for a large diversity of flowering plants! In one day, you could find true bog specialties, prairie plants, and boreal forest staples, all within a few miles of one another. This trip will hope to give a good introduction to common northwoods wildflowers, as well as a nice introduction to those specialized species in the Sax-Zim Bog. The Friends of Sax-Zim Bog is continuing to build and offer…

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Dragonfly and Damselfly Field Trip

June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dragonflies and damselflies are an easily seen group of bugs and recently have become targets of cameras and nets! “Dragonflying” is becoming a popular hobby across the US and northern Minnesota has an incredible diversity of odonates! In the last year, Sax-Zim Bog has held 2 new county records of dragonfly… Who knows what we could find out in the bog! All ages and ability levels are welcome! Extra nets will be available for those wanting to catch a few…

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Sax Zim Bog Orchids Field Trip

June 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Sax-Zim Bog is home to at least 14 species of orchid, including healthy populations of Pink Ladyslipper, Purple-fringed Orchid, and Minnesota’s State Flower: Showy Ladyslipper! This trip will cover a lot of ground hoping to find orchids that represent the diversity of the Sax-Zim Bog. This trip will likely involve a little “bog stomping” so rubber boots are a must! Last year, this field trip found 8 species of orchid… Hopefully we can match that number this year as…

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July 2019

Butterfly Field Trip in the Sax Zim Bog

July 6 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bogs are home to a diverse set of plants, most of which have a particularly close relationship to butterflies or moths. This field trip will focus on exploring the diversity of butterflies in the Sax-Zim Bog! Because of the diverse plant communities in the Sax-Zim Bog, there is strong diversity in butterflies. We will hope to find bog specialists like Bog Copper, to southern species like Black Swallowtail, to fast moving Skippers and Blues. The Sax-Zim Bog offers a lot…

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August 2019

Fall Wildflowers Field Trip in the Sax Zim Bog

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The fall can be an overlooked time of the year to search out wildflowers, as many of the familiar species of summer have finished flowering and are starting to die back. However, fall is a wonderful time to observe the diverse Aster communities of uplands and wetlands. There is some great diversity in late season wildflowers: goldenrods, swamp aster, late season orchids, and more could be found on this field trip! The Friends of Sax-Zim Bog is continuing to build…

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Lichen Field Trip in the Sax Zim Bog

August 10 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Northern Minnesota is home to a diverse lichen community. These species cover nearly 8% of the terrestrial surface of the earth, yet are relatively unknown to most of us. Join us on this trip to get firsthand experience in lichen identification, as well as to learn a few of the more common lichens in our area. During the trip, we will be making small collections of lichens for the Welcome Center or personal use! The Friends of Sax-Zim Bog is…

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Mushroom Field Trip in Sax Zim Bog

August 17 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Mushrooms are an important part of any ecosystem and early fall is a great time to see fungi of all shapes and sizes. These important decomposers have an important role in the boreal forest and attract attention from people enjoying their beauty to those of us who enjoy eating a few mushrooms morels! Come join us for this field trip exploring some of the basics of identifying mushrooms and enjoy a fall day searching for mushrooms in the Sax-Zim Bog.…

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