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.
Rating (4.8)
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 value-priced single room. 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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Dave Benson
Hailing from Duluth, Minnesota, David studied at Gustavus Adolphus College, Yale University and the University of Minnesota. A former naturalist at multiple Minnesota and Wisconsin state parks as well as Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, he has led thousands of birders, conducted training for the National Park Service and written three books including "Owls of the North: a Naturalist's Handbook" (2007) and "Woodpeckers of North America: A Naturalist's Handbook" (2014). He has also written many natural history articles.

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

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