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New boardwalk creates gateway to premier Iron Range bird habitat (reported by the IRRRB on 3/21/18)
A new 900-foot long elevated boardwalk will soon be added to Sax-Zim Bog Important Bird Area (IBA), a 300-square mile biodiverse natural habitat stretching around the towns of Meadowlands, Zim, Toivola and Cotton that annually attracts about 3,000 (human) visitors from all 50 states. The boardwalk will enable visitors to access a newly acquired 60-acre black spruce and tamarack bog located within Sax-Zim that is home to birds such as American Three-toed Woodpeckers, Barred Owls, Nashville Warblers (pictured), Winter Wrens and Black-backed Woodpeckers, along with Pink Lady’s Slipper wildflowers and moose sightings.
An IBA is an area that is globally important for the conservation of bird populations. There are 12,000 IBAs worldwide, of which 2,832 are in the United States and 57 in Minnesota. All American IBAs are administered by the National Audubon Society.
Eighty-five percent of Sax-Zim’s visits occur in the winter months between December and March when its welcome center is open and staffed. “The boardwalk creates the potential to attract visitors during the spring, summer and fall,” said Sparky Stensaas, Friends of Sax-Zim Bog executive director. “It provides safe access into the Warren Nelson Memorial Bog, a 60-acre tract of land where entrance is currently swampy and rough.”
The framework for the boardwalk, whose name honors a passionate birder and photographer, was completed last fall by Friends of Sax-Zim Bog skilled volunteers. In May the platform will be professionally constructed and installed.
Sax-Zim has 244 known bird varieties and according to Stensaas is known among birders, photographers, naturalists and tourists as the best place in North America to view seldom-seen boreal bird species. The area attracts visits from as far away as China, Japan, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, England and the Philippines.
With three naturalists on staff, Sax-Zim offers public programs, field trips, naturalist hikes and workshops. A $25 annual membership includes all programs and field trips. Sax-Zim is also the site of a winter birding festival that is the largest winter festival in the Midwest and produced by the City of Meadowlands.
Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation supported this project with a Culture and Tourism grant.
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4/13/14: Several roads are under water resulting from the rapid melting of snow due to recent warm temperatures. Among the flooding-related closures is County Road 200 in Meadowlands Township between Dart Road and Watsula Road. Traffic may divert around this area on County Road 193 and County Road 740.
Other roads that have water on them, but are considered passable and remain open at this time are: County State Aid Highway 5 North in Toivola Township near the intersection of County Road 817 and County Road 200 in Meadowlands Township between Watsula Road and County Road 193.
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