Birding in Glacier National Park

Join expert birders for an off-the-beaten path adventure to search for and learn about warblers, loons, woodpeckers and many more bird species that thrive in Glacier National Park.
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Program No. 22411RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

On this off-the-beaten path birding adventure, both novice and skilled birders will hone their birding skills while hiking in Glacier National Park, one of the nation’s most intact and undisturbed ecosystems. Explore eastern, western and alpine habitats with expert local birders who will use both sound and sight to seek out a diverse array of avian species. Enriching stories and lore will help you gain a greater appreciation for the species you encounter. This program will emphasize birding by ear due to thick vegetation, and many birds may be heard and not seen.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
For hearty explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge while spending most of their days on the go. Hike up to five miles daily with elevation gains of 500-700 feet on natural surface dirt trails in mountainous, uneven and rocky terrain. Elevations from 3,200 feet to 7,200 feet.
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 ...

  • Benefit from the instruction of some of the top birding experts in the region and develop your birding by ear skills.
  • Search for an array of species that call Glacier National Park home, such as Harlequin Duck, Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpecker, and Water Ouzel.
  • Journey along portions of the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road, which brings you into the heart of Glacier National Park.

General Notes

This program will emphasize birding by ear due to thick vegetation, and many birds may be heard and not seen. 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
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Denny "Professor Avian Guano" Olson
Denny Olson, a.k.a. Professor Avian Guano, Dr. Loonacy, et.al., has been making birding fun for nearly 40 years. He did his graduate research on Common Loons at the University of Minnesota, establishing a statewide population survey system still used there. He has presented on loons, birding by ear, migration, and bird song biology at over 30 birding festivals across the U.S. He also teaches storytelling for teachers at the graduate level, and incorporates storytelling, non-fiction writing, and theatrical comedy into his instruction.

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

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