Winter Birding in Minnesota

(January 24-27, 2019)

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!

Day 1 (Thurs, Jan 24): Denver/ Minneapolis/ Duluth ~ Morning arrival to Minneapolis (arrival by 10 am to MSP Airport). After picking up our rental vehicle, we’ll drive to the Duluth/ North Shore area for our first round of birding (drive time approx. 2.5-3 hrs).  Evening check in to our hotel. 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. Get to know your fellow birders and discuss birding strategies for the weekend during tonight’s welcome dinner.

Accommodations: Fitger’s Inn

Meals: Lunch

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Days 2-3 (Fri, Jan 25 – Sat, Jan 26) – 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.  Special farewell event on Saturday evening at Bent Paddle Brewing in Duluth.

Accommodations: Fitger’s Inn

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 (Sun, Jan 27) – Duluth/ Minneapolis/ Departure ~ We have the morning to continue birding the area. Afternoon return to Minneapolis in time to connect to evening flight home.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


Price: $1375* per person (double occupancy). Single supplement: $345*.

Price includes accommodations, private transportation in a Ford Transit, full-time driver/guide (Sheridan Samano from Reefs to Rockies); local birding guide Judd Brink, activities and meals as listed in the itinerary.

Exclusions: airfare, dinners, gratuities for local guide, travel insurance, and optional activities.

Max group size eight + two leaders.

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