Sax-Zim Bog & Northeast Minnesota in Winter

January 17-21, 2019: The boreal forests in winter are home to mouth-watering birds like Great Gray Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Bohemian Waxwing, Evening Grosbeak, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Spruce Grouse. The northern woods at this time of year are a real winter wonderland—snow-covered, quiet, and peaceful, the silence occasionally punctuated by a noisy flock of crossbills or the tapping of a woodpecker on a tamarack.

This trip, run by Red Hill Birding on behalf of the Illinois Audubon Society, is designed to take in the best that Northeast Minnesota offers in winter birding over the MLK Day holiday weekend. We will visit the world-famous Sax-Zim Bog, the forests of Superior National Forest, and the North Shore of Lake Superior. We will be based in a single Duluth lakefront hotel for the duration of the trip. Because of the short nature of this trip and the short day length of the northern winter, we will be eating early breakfasts and spending full days in the field to see as many of the specialty birds as possible. If we’re lucky, we may even come across a northwoods mammal like a wolf, moose, porcupine, or pine marten.

Download the entire itinerary here: 2019 Sax-Zim Bog & Northeast Minnesota in Winter.

LOGISTICS:  The trip will begin at a 2pm at the Duluth Airport on 17 January and will end at noon at the same location. If you are driving, or are arriving early, we will meet at the hotel at 2:30pm on the arrival day for some afternoon birding. We will be birding in a single van with the guide driving, or two vans, each with a guide driving, if nine or more people sign up for the trip. If you prefer to drive to Duluth, we can arrange to meet you at the trip’s hotel, where there is plenty of parking.

REGISTRATION:  The Red Hill Birding tour manager for this trip is Amanda Zeigler. To sign up, each participant should complete the booking form. Once we receive the form, we will send you information about paying the trip deposit. If you have any questions before registering, please contact Josh or Amanda at [email protected]


Date: January 17-21, 2019