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Boreal Birding Workshop

Course Overview

Spring in northeastern Minnesota is truly alive with life. After a winter of cold and white, there is a veritable explosion of all things feathered. The Boreal Birding Workshop is field focused, offering students a rare opportunity to immerse in this world and develop an appreciation for the wide range of bird species that thrive in the region’s diverse number of habitats. Utilizing shared van transportation that allows discussion between stops, students will explore many of the area’s classic destinations (i.e. multiple state parks, the Susie Island overlook, High Falls, Oberg Mtn) and will emphasize both visual and voice identification skills. Typically 10-15 species of warblers, including Blackburnian and Black-Throated Blue Warblers, are recorded. Boxed lunches (included in materials fee) will also be provided both days to maximize flexibility in the field. Instructor Bob Janssen has been an active Minnesota birder for almost 60 years. He is also an author, award-winner and inspiring teacher. As time and weather allow, classroom sessions on northeastern Minnesota birds may be included. This course is part of the annual Northern Landscapes Festival. Due to the early start of this class, please plan to check-in at North House on the day preceding at 5pm for a brief introductory session.


Fri, May 31st, 2019  –  Sat, Jun 1st, 2019

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 7am - 4pm
Intergenerational age: 14+
Registration Cost: $275.00
Includes materials fee of $75.00
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: (includes van transport and two lunches)

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • field notebook
  • your favorite birding field guide (available for purchase @ North House School Store)Binoculars
  • Layered, warm, light colored clothing (sweatshirts, jackets, long pants)
  • Hat
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Rain Gear
  • Sturdy footwear for hiking (trails may be wet from dew and rain)
  • Insect repellant, and/or insect head net
  • Sunglasses for bright outdoor sun
  • Sun-block
  • Water bottles
  • Small backpack to hold the above

Optional Tools

  • Spotting Scope and Tripod
  • Camera

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.