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Birding Minnesota's Boreal Forests and North Dakota's Prairie Potholes

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.

More details about this trip:

We see around 175 bird species on an average trip. You can expect to see up to twenty species of warblers, a dozen sparrows, ten flycatchers, twenty kinds of ducks and geese, and twenty species of shorebirds among all the other fine birds to be found here.

Pricing: $2,590 USD, or £2,270 for 8 Days and 7 Nights


Group Size: Price is based on a group size of 7 or 8 participants.


Upcoming Dates: 

May 27 to June 3, 2025

June 5 to 12, 2025

*See Schedule for more dates

This trip gives birders a great opportunity to see some species that are typically difficult to find, especially Yellow Rail, Spruce Grouse, Sprague’s Pipit (rare), Connecticut Warbler and Baird’s Sparrow.

Top Reasons to Book Tour


Trumpeter Swan, Gray Partridge, Ruffed Grouse, Spruce Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Red-necked Grebe, American Bittern, Yellow Rail, Upland Sandpiper, Black Tern, Great Gray Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Canada Jay, Sedge Wren, Sprague's Pipit (rare), Chestnut-collared Longspur, Golden-winged Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Clay-colored Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Baird's Sparrow, Le Conte's Sparrow, Nelson's Sparrow


Moose, Beaver, Porcupine, Pine Marten

Other Highlights

The contrast of the Minnesota boreal forests with the prairies of North Dakota is itself a highlight of this trip. You will see a wide range of species, from woodland songbirds to grassland nesters and many birds of wetlands. You never know what rarity might be present on the shores of Lake Superior.

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