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Sax-Zim Bog an 'Important Birding Area'

The area includes a mixture of state, county, private land, the Cloquet Valley State Forest, Whiteface River State Forest, and the state Sax-Zim Wildlife Management Areas.

The area includes a mixture of state, county, private land, the Cloquet Valley State Forest, Whiteface River State Forest, and the state Sax-Zim Wildlife Management Areas.

It includes sledge meadows, lowland brush and hayfields. There are stemless lady's slippers and other species of bog vegetation, including sundew, pitcher plant, leatherleaf and bog birch.

This well-known wintering area for great gray owls, northern hawk owls, and rough-legged hawks is an ideal habitat for more than 240 species of migrant and breeding birds. Summer months bring Wilson's snipe and

yellow-bellied and alder flycatchers. Warblers are in abundance and include Connecticut, black-throated green, magnolia, Cape May, Canada, Blackburnian, palm and black-and-white warblers. Other wildlife

native to the Sax-Zim area include black bear, moose, beaver, deer, pine martens and wolves.

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The areas is bordered on the south by County Road 8, on the north by County Road 27, then County Road 7 to the St. Louis River, on the west by County Roads 5 and 29, and on the east by U.S. Highway 53.

Source: Minnesota DNR

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