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Birds & Blooms: Spring in the Mississippi River Valley

The Mississippi River Valley in Minnesota is the largest of North America’s major flyways. Join naturalists to witness warbler migrations, beautiful spring wildflowers and Bald Eagles!
Rating (5)
Program No. 22824RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,649
Minnesota

Birds & Blooms: Spring in the Mississippi River Valley

The Mississippi River Valley in Minnesota is the largest of North America’s major flyways. Join naturalists to witness warbler migrations, beautiful spring wildflowers and Bald Eagles!
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,649
Length
7 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,649
Program No. 22824RJ

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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 30 - May 6, 2023
Starting at
1,649
Itinerary Note

This departure will focus more on waterfowl.

May 15 - May 21, 2023
Starting at
1,649
Itinerary Note

This departure will focus more on songbirds.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 30 - May 6, 2023
Starting at
2,529
Itinerary Note

This departure will focus more on waterfowl.

May 15 - May 21, 2023
Starting at
2,529
Itinerary Note

This departure will focus more on songbirds.

At a Glance

Spring in Minnesota’s Mississippi River Valley spells a time of dramatic changes. Flocks of warblers serenade from the treetops as they migrate north. Beautiful spring wildflowers brighten the riverbanks with vibrant yellows and reds. And while waterfowl take to the river, bald eagles soar majestically overhead. Explore a portion of the upper Mississippi River and discover gorgeous city and state parks and fascinating National Parks and Wildlife Refuges. Learn about the habitats of the Upper Mississippi River with expert naturalists as you explore the best of the Mississippi in spring.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking 2-5 miles per day. The terrain will be varying within state and city parks. Trails will have rocks, roots, crushed limestone, gravel and some will be paved. One boat trip on the Mississippi.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore Frontenac State Park, high above the Mississippi, famous as a warbler migration site and a premier birding destination.
  • Learn firsthand about Bald Eagles at the world-class National Eagle Center and observe migrating waterfowl at Trempeleau National Wildlife Refuge and other prime sites, both well-known and secret.
  • Discover spectacular Minnehaha Falls; a reserve of delicate prairie dunes; a burbling trout stream lush with wildflowers; and St. Anthony Falls, the only waterfall on the mighty Mississippi.
Featured Expert
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Douglas Wood
Douglas Wood has been called "Minnesota's Renaissance Man." An author, artist, naturalist, musician and wilderness leader, he is the creator of 38 books for adults and children, and the recipient of many honors and awards. As a group leader, he has led scores of trips from southern Minnesota's Bluff Country to the Northwest Territories, focusing not just on the natural world of geography and geology, flora and fauna, but on the timeless relationship between nature and the human spirit.

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

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Douglas Wood View biography
Douglas Wood has been called "Minnesota's Renaissance Man." An author, artist, naturalist, musician and wilderness leader, he is the creator of 38 books for adults and children, and the recipient of many honors and awards. As a group leader, he has led scores of trips from southern Minnesota's Bluff Country to the Northwest Territories, focusing not just on the natural world of geography and geology, flora and fauna, but on the timeless relationship between nature and the human spirit.
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Larry Dolphin View biography
Larry Dolphin was the Executive Director of Hormel Nature Center for 30 years and has served on the board of directors for the Minnesota Branch of the Izaak Walton League, the Listening Point Foundation and his local Austin Audubon Chapter. During Larry's tenure at Hormel Nature Center, he taught birding and wildflower classes to tens of thousands of participants. His extensive knowledge of Minnesota's natural history makes each outing with him a rewarding and learning experience.





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