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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 range 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 on Days 1 and 2 to maximize flexibility in the field. This year, the workshop has expanded by a day to include time to explore several new local destinations in search of Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, and White-winged Crossbill.

The workshop will be led by instructors Josh Watson, a Cook County local and accomplished birder, and his mentor Bob Janssen, who has been an active Minnesota birder for almost 60 years. 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.

Course Details

Length: 2.5 Days