Minnesota Master Naturalist

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ADV - Sax-Zim Bog Winter Birding

Sax-Zim Bog Winter Birding website

175 University Road
Cloquet , MN 55720

The Sax-Zim Bog is prime habitat for bird species such as Great Gray Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Connecticut Warbler. Bobcat, Lynx, Pine Marten, Fisher also use this habitat. Mature bogs are also important wintering habitat for Great Gray Owl, N Hawk Owl, White-winged Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, Common Redpoll and Hoary Redpoll. The best time for the winter specialties is mid-December through late February.

MN Master Naturalist Advanced Training will travel by Coach Bus and guided by Sim-Zax Bog’s, naturalist Clinton Nienhaus, for a 6-hour birding extravaganza throughout the bog. We will stay overnight at the Cloquet Forestry Center on Wednesday night and wake early to meet Clinton, Thursday in Cotton, MN at 6:00 am. From there we will travel by coach through the Bog, stopping periodically to observe wildlife and learn about the studies going on at the site. Box lunch will be provided and we will eat at the Visitor Center/on the bus, with a chance to see what birds and wildlife are at the feeders.

. Instructor: Clinton Nienhaus
Dress: Please be prepared and dress for the winter weather and walking on flat and sometimes uneven terrain. Plan to get in and out of the Coach Bus a number of times.
Cost: This trip will cost $150. (Includes, lodging, breakfast lunch, tour and Coach Bus travel)

Questions asked at registration or comments?

Contact Stephan Carlson at carls009@umn.edu or call 612-624-8186

The course cost is $150 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 5:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Stephan Carlson

Dr. Stephan Carlson. Dr. Carlson has worked for the U of M Extension and the College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences for the last 25 years doing outreach and teaching classes in environmental education (EE) and interpretation. He has worked in the fields of EE, outdoor recreation, informal science education and environmental interpretation for the past 35 years. In addition to his work teaching interpretation, he also teaches Science and Math summer school on the White Earth Indian Reservation. His research is on understanding the components that informal science experiences have on young people and how to develop quality programs that incorporate these components in environmental education.

Sponsor Information

University of MN Extension


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