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Subject:2012 Sax-Zim Bog Winter Bird Festival
From:Michael Hendrickson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Michael Hendrickson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:24:42 -0800

Sax-Zim Bog
Winter Bird Festival
17-19 2012
Meadowlands, Minnesota
So far this winter is beginning to shape up to be a decent
winter for observing winter specialties.  Lately Minnesota is experiencing a irruptive season with Snowy Owls and
the festival has never added a Snowy Owl to its festival list and it looks this
winter probably will be the winter for us to add one with all the sightings
being reported so far.  There is still a
lot of movement of winter finches like Common Redpolls and White-winged
Crossbills.  I got reports that there is
a flock of Evening Grosbeaks coming to a feeder in Sax-Zim Bog and I suspect
all the feeders will be very busy once we get some significant snow fall to
bring the birds to the feeders.  I also
saw a recent report of a Great Gray Owl in Sax-Zim Bog and hopefully Hawk Owls
will over winter in the bog like they have been doing in the past winters but
so far no reports but there is still plenty of time.
This year the festival is speakers are Ryan Brady and Paul
Bannick !  Ryan Brady is from Ashland,
Wisconsin and he will be talking on Friday. February 17th about the “Ecology
of Northern Shrikes in Northern Wisconsin” and Paul Bannick is from Washington
and he will be talking about “Birds by Season and Habitat” to learn more about
out speaker please visit our website:
The festival is also hosting a variety of field trips to
Sax-Zim Bog, Aitkin County and Duluth/Superior.  We are hosting two other field trips;  Photography Workshops led by professional  photographer Paul Bannick who will go through
a step by step process with participants on how to take photographs of birds,
how to set your DSL camera to the right settings and many other tips and
methods to help you achieve beautiful photographs.   Paul will take the participants in the field
and work with each participant.   The
other field trip is with Ryan Brady who will lead a small car caravan around
Sax-Zim Bog searching for Northern Shrikes.  Ryan has been studying Northern Shrikes for a few years and this field
trip will give participants to see how Northern Shrikes are banded also learn
how to identify adults from juveniles plus see up close a Northern Shrike in the
hand. To read more about our field trips please visit our website:     Our
current festival field trip leaders; Alex Stark, Alex Watson, Chris West, Dudley
Edmundson, Erik Bruhnke, Judd Brink, Mike Hendrickson, Steve Weston and Seth
Cuthright .  
What makes this festival so appealing is that all activity is
nested in the small community of Meadowlands, Minnesota which is located in the
heart of Sax-Zim Bog but the major attraction is the winter birds that reside
in the bog!  Birds like Sharp-tailed
Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Bald Eagle,
Northern Hawk Owl, Great Gray Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, Northern Shrike,
Bohemian Waxwing, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Common Redpoll, White-winged
Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak ,Evening Grosbeak and Snow Bunting can all be found
during the winter months in Sax-Zim Bog.  Other birds like Northern three-toed Woodpecker, Red Crossbill and Hoary
Redpoll can also be found in the bog during the winter months.  Adding Duluth/Superior to the mix participants
have a chance to view any odd duck like Barrow’s Goldeneye (reported already
along Park Pt.), Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck or a scoter species.  Festival participants should be able to
observe Iceland Gull, Thayer’s Gull and Glaucous Gull with chances of observing
a Greater Black-backed Gull at the Wisconsin landfill or at Canal Park in
Duluth.  Of course we will search for
Snowy Owl roosting on the ice and with the current irruption Snowy Owls might
over winter in the hayfields in the Sax-Zim Bog area and in the harbors of
Duluth and Superior, WI.  Plus Duluth
might host a Townsend Solitaire or a Varied Thrush for festival goers!  
So I ask everyone to spread the word and register for the 2012
Sax-Zim Bog Winter Bird Festival.
Thank You! 

Mike Hendrickson
Duluth, MN

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