Minnesota in Winter: Snowy Hikes & Boreal Birding in Sax Zim Bog

Experience the quiet beauty of Minnesota in winter as you learn about how the landscapes and wildlife adapt to the colder temperatures, and search for rare birds in Sax Zim Bog.
Program No. 23883RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Cure that winter blues with birding and blissful nature walks in the glittering landscapes of Minnesota. Study how the cold weather impacts local plant and animal life as you learn how to track mammals through a blanket of fresh snow. Discover sparkling lakes by cross-country ski and snowshoe to experience the region in a way people seldom do. Explore some of the 300 miles of Sax Zim Bog with the experts who know the best birding spots to search for species that rarely found in the lower 48 be found in the lower United States. World-renowned for its winter birds, you’ll explore remote parts of Sax Zim Bog for a truly one of a kind experience in this winter wonderland.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Ski or snowshoe at your pace. Hiking/walking up to 3 miles in the snow.
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 ...

  • Enjoy two full days in Sax Zim Bog for a unique winter birding experience searching for northern winter birds including Great Gray & Snowy Owls, Northern Goshawks, Ravens, Hoary & Common Redpolls, Evening & Pine Grosbeaks, Crossbills and more!
  • Hike in Banning State Park to discover unique ice formations, interesting snow patterns, glacier-carved potholes and search for animal tracks.
  • Snowshoe or cross-country ski through the woods and to a lake while learning about how plants and animals adapt to the winter weather with an 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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