Spring in the Mississippi River Valley: Birds and Wildflowers

The Mississippi River Valley in Minnesota is the largest of North America’s major flyways. Join naturalists to witness warbler migrations, blooming wildflowers and Bald Eagles!
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Program No. 22824RJ
7 days
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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. Blooming 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 seasoned 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 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Frontenac State Park, known as a famous warbler migration site and a premier birding destination.
  • Learn firsthand about Bald Eagles at the world-class National Eagle Center and search for waterfowl at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Discover the spectacular Minnehaha Falls, inspiration for Longfellow’s epic poem “Hiawatha,” and St. Anthony Falls, the only waterfalls on the mighty Mississippi.
Featured Expert
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Larry Weber
Larry Weber has been a science teacher for 38 years and was the Minnesota Secondary Science Teacher of the Year in 1993 and the National Biology Teacher Association's Middle School Life Science Teacher of the Year in 1998. Larry presents a weekly radio phenology program, writes a weekly phenology column for a local newspaper and is a regular contributor to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. He lives with his wife on an old farm in Carlton County, Minn., where we photographs, watches and writes about critters.

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

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