Birding Minnesota's Boreal Forests and
North Dakota's Prairie Potholes
Brief Overview of the Trip
Day 1:  Arrival into Minneapolis by mid-afternoon.  Birding
en route to Duluth.
Day 2:  Birding western Lake County, Ely (Echo Trail)
and return to Duluth.
Day 3:  Morning birding at Sax-Zim Bog. Afternoon and
evening birding in
Aitkin County, including search for
Yellow Rails at
McGregor Marsh after dark.
Day 4:  All day birding between Aitkin and Bemidji,
Itasca State Park.
Day 5:  Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, prairies east
of Fargo, then North Dakota prairie birding.
Days 6 and 7:  Based in Jamestown, ND. Birding at
Arrowhead National Wildlife Refuge, Horsehead
Lake, Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Alkaline Lake
Day 8:  Morning birding around Jamestown, with early
afternoon arrival into Fargo. Option of flights home from
Fargo (~3 PM or later), or continue to Minneapolis for
evening flights home after 7 PM.

Note:  Please contact us prior to booking your flight, or
you may end up paying additional lodging and transfer
Brief Itinerary
Trip Description
Birding in North Dakota
and Minnesota
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Photo by Bill Schmoker (above and
including the banner photo).
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Photo by Bill Schmoker
Photo by Bill Schmoker
This trip covers prairie pothole habitats in North Dakota,
plus marshes and boreal forests in northern Minnesota,
resulting in a very productive birding trip.  For many North
American birders these locales have not yet been visited
during the breeding season, even though birding on this
trip can result in numerous target species and an
expansion of one's life list.  

Target species include Gray Partridge, Ruffed Grouse,
Spruce Grouse, Red-necked Grebe, American Bittern,
Yellow Rail, Sandhill Crane, Piping Plover,Great Gray Owl,
Black-backed Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher,
Alder Flycatcher, Boreal Chickadee, Sedge Wren,
Sprague's Pipit, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Baird's
Sparrow, Le Conte's Sparrow and Nelson's Sparrow.
Boreal Owl, Northern Hawk Owl and American Three-toed
Woodpecker, though very rare, are possibilities.

We hope to see as many as 20 species of nesting
warblers, including Connecticut Warbler, Golden-winged
Warbler, Cape May Warbler,Blackburnian Warbler, Pine
Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Mourning Warbler,
Magnolia Warbler, Palm Warbler, Canada Warbler,
Black-throated Green Warbler and Nashville Warbler.

Other excellent species include Sharp-tailed Grouse,
Upland Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Short-eared Owl,
Olive-sided Flycatcher, Broad-winged Hawk, Evening
Grosbeak, Black-billed Cuckoo, Wood Thrush, Purple
Finch and more.

We are offering one trip in early June, and may add a
second as these trips have proved popular in the past.
Photo by Bill Schmoker
For more information or to register for this trip, call Charles at
888-203-7464 or Charles directly at 720-320-1974 or by email at
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