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!
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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. 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 10 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
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Larry Dolphin
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