Sax-Zim and Vicinity

Forbes, Minnesota

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It would be fascinating if the name of this birding locale had some deep significance—it certainly is important enough to Minnesota birders. But alas, these tiny hamlets are little more than former railway stations. Saxe (original spelling) was named for Solomon Saxe, an Eveleth landowner, and Zim was named for a man named Zimmerman, who ran a nearby logging camp. Stations like Sax, Zim, Kelsey, and others were railway loading points, established to carry logs to Duluth mills, but were abandoned when the timber supply became exhausted. Key birds: Sharp-tailed Grouse; Yellow Rail; Great Gray Owl; Yellowbellied Flycatcher; Boreal Chickadee; Sedge Wren; Connecticut Warbler; Swamp, Clay-colored, White-throated, and Le Conte’s Sparrows. Don’t miss: Meadowlands turnoff from Highway 53. This eTrail provides information on birding strategies for this location, birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful maps.
Birding Minnesota

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Birding Minnesota

by Jay Michael Strangis (Falcon Guides)

It would be fascinating if the name of this birding locale had some deep significance—it certainly is important enough to Minnesota birders. But alas, these tiny hamlets are little more than former railway stations. Saxe (original spelling) was named for Solomon Saxe, an Eveleth landowner, and Zim was named for a man named Zimmerman, who ran a nearby logging camp.

Stations like Sax, Zim, Kelsey, and others were railway loading points, established to carry logs to Duluth mills, but were abandoned when the timber supply became exhausted. Key birds: Sharp-tailed Grouse; Yellow Rail; Great Gray Owl; Yellowbellied Flycatcher; Boreal Chickadee; Sedge Wren; Connecticut Warbler; Swamp, Clay-colored, White-throated, and Le Conte’s Sparrows. Don’t miss: Meadowlands turnoff from Highway 53. This eTrail provides information on birding strategies for this location, birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful maps.

©  Jay Michael Strangis/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Forbes
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 1 day
Best Times: Best April-June; December-January
Local Contacts: Cloquet Valley State Forest
Local Maps: Minnesota Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Sax-Zim and Vicinity

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Apr 2018