North Country Birds: Birding in the Superior National Forest

Immerse yourself in the birder’s paradise of Superior National Forest, where you’ll learn about local ecology, spot rare and unique birds and add to your list with tips from experts.
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Program No. 2216RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

The varied woodland, wetland and lake habitats of the Superior National Forest support 155 species of birds, yielding more diversity than any other national forest. With birding instructors who have more than 15 years of experience, explore the southern edge of this boreal forest to study birds in nesting territories. This is the ideal time of year to learn bird songs, identification, habitats and feeding behaviors.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to two miles a day on uneven terrain; entering/ exiting passenger van.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • During early morning field trips, encounter up to 100 species, including Common Loon, Bald Eagle, Grey Jay and Common Raven.
  • Observe up to eight species of flycatchers, several thrushes and vireos, kinglets and 20 species of warblers, including the Connecticut.
  • Enjoy a field trip to the International Wolf Center to see resident wolves, learn from the center's naturalists and explore the award-winning exhibit.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html. This program has small groups for field trips — usually 8-10 participants per instructor — and the total group is a maximum of 18. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Bill Tefft
Bill is a birding expert who has more than 20 years of experience teaching Road Scholar participants of all skill levels about field identification of birds, including raptors. He is an area naturalist with a vast knowledge of the region and looks forward to introducing the birds of northern Minnesota to any Road Scholar participant with an interest in learning and seeing. Now retired, he has taught the Raptor Ecology and Ecology of Northern Birds courses at Vermilion Community College.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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