Sax-Zim Bog Posts

Clinton’s Bog Ventures: Battle of the Nest-building Creek Chubs

Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus, head naturalist for the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, presents the fascinating world of creek chubs, which build ridge-pit nests out of small stones they move in their mouths.

Video by Kristina Dexter-Nienhaus, with editing by Sparky Stensaas.

Clinton’s Critters: How Great Gray Owls Hunt

Clinton Nienhaus, head naturalist for the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog and education director for Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory narrates this video about how Great Gray Owls hunt for voles in winter. Video by Sparky Stensaas.

Sax-Zim Bog in New York Times

“Welcome to the Sax-Zim Bog,” said our guide, Steve Weston. “Tonight we’ll be going through the towns of Sax and Zim, population nothing.” Moments later we drove by a snow-dusted, abandoned trailer, the front door hanging off one hinge. This was downtown Sax. Zim, a few miles to the north, wasn’t much more. Both are remnants of failed attempts to farm the bog that date back to the early 20th century. Now they are ghost towns surrounded by 200 square miles of wetlands.

In a Minnesota bog, a festival of birds

Photography Workshop to Sax-Zim Bog!

Photos by Erik Bruhnke

This Saturday the DPI is hosting a field workshop to Sax-Zim bog that teams up with local birding guide Erik Bruhnke as well as Ryan Marshik of iRentPhoto.com who will have big lenses for those to try out! To sign up and for more information, please go to duluthphotographyinstitute.com!