Winter Birding in Minnesota

(January 19-22, 2017)

Great grey owl - Strix nebulosa

Sax-Zim Bog offers some of the best chances to glimpse boreal species including northern hawk owl, snowy owl, common and hoary redpolls, ruffed grouse, boreal chickadee, black-backed woodpecker, northern goshawk, white-winged crossbill, snow bunting, and great gray owl, North America’s tallest owl and a crowd favorite. The bog’s mix of seasonal boreal birds is unmatched by any other North American location. In addition to Sax-Zim Bog, we’ll be following daily bird reports for updates on rarities in the area. Get ready for a winter birding wonderland in Minnesota!


Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect United States adventure that meets your needs.



DAY 1 (Thurs, Jan 19): Denver/ Minneapolis/ Duluth

Early morning flight from Denver to Miineapolis (arrival by 10:30 am). After picking up our rental vehciles, we’ll drive to Duluth and check in to our hotel (drive time approx. 2.5-3 hrs). Fitger’s Inn, our home base for the next three nights, is located in the historic 1885 renovated Fitger’s Brewery and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Afternoon birding – Duluth/ Superior area. Get to know your fellow birders and discuss birding strategies for the weekend during tonight’s welcome dinner. Overnight at Fitger’s Inn. (L,D)

Days 2-3 (Fri, Jan 20 – Sat, Jan 21) – Duluth/ Sax-Zim Bog/ Lake Superior

Early morning departures from Duluth for full days of birding including Sax-Zim Bog and other area highlights. Exact locations will depend on recent sightings. Overnights at Fitger’s Inn. (CB,PL,D)

Day 4 (Sun, Jan 22) – Duluth/ Minneapolis/ Departure

We have the morning to continue birding the area. Afternoon return to Minneapolis in time to connect to evening flight home. (B,L)



Meals: B=breakfast; CB=continental breakfast; PL=packed lunch; L=Lunch; D=dinner

Price: $1065* per person (double occupancy). Single supplement: $325*.

Price includes accommodations, guided birding with spotting scopes, ground transportation, activities and meals as listed in the itinerary.

Exclusions: airfare, travel insurance, taxis, and optional activities.

*Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice until booked and deposit received. A 3% discount will be applied to payments by check. Single rooms are subject to availability.