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Northern Minnesota Weekend 2023

Join us for a fun-filled weekend of winter birding in northern Minnesota February 3-5, 2023!

We will visit the world-famous Sax-Zim Bog near Duluth in search for birds only seen in the Northwoods!  Our target species include Sharp-tailed Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Evening and Pine Grosbeaks, and Common Redpoll.  And don't forget about the species for which this area is known - the owls!  We'll also search for Boreal Owl, Snowy Owl, Great Gray Owl, and Northern Hawk-Owl.  We saw all our target birds last year and we're hoping to do the same again this year!

If time permits, we will visit well-known Canal Park in Duluth which frequently hosts a rare gull and other waterbirds.  I wonder what will appear during our visit this year?  

Click here to see photos and species list from our trip in 2020.

All of the details are below and you can contact us if you have any questions.  Come join the fun!



The registration fee is $50 for young birders who are current members (either as part of a youth or family membership) of Iowa Young Birders; $60 for young birders who are not members; and $75 for adult participants.  This includes water and snacks during two days of field trips as well as group transportation while birding.

In addition to the registration fee, you will be responsible for transportation to Duluth (where we are staying), lodging, and meals.


This exciting weekend event is open to young birders ages 8 through 18 and their accompanying parents, grandparents or guardian.  To assure a quality experience, our trip capacity will be limited.  Once capacity is reached, you will be placed on a waiting list.   Please see our trip policies for full details on participation.


Our trips will be leaving from the Country Inn and Suites Duluth North, and we recommend you consider this option for lodging for the trip.  The Country Inn and Suites Duluth North is ranked #13 of 33 hotels in Duluth by Trip Adivsor and offers several amenities including free breakfast (with hot and cold options), free parking, free WIFI, and a pool with waterslide.  There are several types of rooms available that includes either a single king bed or two queen beds and a variety of other in-room amenities.

There are a number of lodging options available in Duluth.  We recommend you visit Trip Advisor to find the best option for you in regards to price, location, and amenities.  You will be responsible for providing transportation to the Country Inn and Suites if you choose not to stay there. 


As you might imagine, in order to make this a memorable and safe experience for everyone, we have some very important policies and reminders.  You can review them here and you will be agreeing to abide by these policies when you register for this exciting family birding trip.

SCHEDULE (tentative)

Friday February 3

3:00 p.m.  Registration & Welcome (lobby of Country Inn and Suites Duluth)  Eat lunch on your own before arriving.
3:30 p.m.  Depart for an evening trip to Sax-Zim Bog in search of owls.  Return by 7:00 p.m.

Saturday February 4

6:00 a.m. Breakfast (on your own).
6:30 a.m. Field trip departs for Sax-Zim Bog.

11:30 a.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Depart for more birding around the Bog. Return to Duluth by 6:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Optional group dinner at nearby restaurant

Sunday February 5

7:00 a.m. Breakfast (on your own)

7:30 a.m. Depart for birding at Canal Park in Duluth or back to Sax-Zim Bog

12:00 p.m. Conclude the weekend (lunch on your own)


Want to join in on the fun?  Click the button below to sign up for the trip!  Because there are a limited number of spots available on this trip, we recommend you register soon.  Registrations are on a first come, first served basis.  The registration deadline for both members and non-members is January 10, 2023.


If you have any questions about our Northern Minnesota Weekend, please contact us here!

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