Winter Sax-Zim Bog Owl Trip 2019
February 15 - February 18$165 – $328
Experience the soaring beauty of winter on an adventure with IAS into the heart of the Northwoods encountering owls, finches, and other breathtaking birds of the boreal forest.
Perfect for birders with a taste for wild adventure, this four-day trip in early 2019 (Feb 15-18) traverses from the northern shore of Lake Superior to the brilliant snow-capped forests and marshlands of Sax-Zim Bog. The reward for the journey is an abundance in wild bird beauty seldom seen in the states. Here, Northern Shrikes can be seen perching proudly against the fierce winds and swiftly plucking their silent prey from snowbanks. Shimmering finches, grosbeaks, and waxwings weave their way through the harsh winter winds–carrying songs as radiant as their feathers. In the in calm corridors of the forest, haunting calls of ravens reveal the presence of something greater–perhaps a fox or a lynx on the prowl–or the swift flight of a Northern Goshawk. Dare to look up, and you may even come face-to-face with the penetrating eyes of a Great Grey Owl. Whatever winter’s wild cards bring, this tour aims to be an unforgettable adventure worthy of any birder’s bucket list.
Grey Gray Owl Northern Shrike
Northern Hawk Owl Ruffed Grouse
Evening Grosbeak Sharp-tailed Grouse
Pine Grosbeak Canada Jay
White-winged Crossbill Boreal Chickadee
Common Redpoll Bohemian Waxwing
Hoary Redpoll Rough-legged Hawk
Pine Siskin American Three-toed Woodpecker
The trip will be a caravan-style tour led by IAS board members Annie Aguirre and Tanner Troyer. Attendees will have the option of carpooling together on Friday, February 15 from Indiana. Overnight accommodations will be in Duluth, MN, with a full day of birding Saturday and Sunday, with longer drives on Friday and Monday. A trip itinerary will be provided closer to the tour date.
$288.00 per IAS Member (assuming double occupancy)
Non-member rate- $328.00
Single Supplement $165.00
Refund requests must be sent in writing. Refunds postmarked on or before December 22, 2018 will be fully refunded less a $5.00 administrative fee. Refunds postmarked after December 23, but by or on January 22 will be refunded 50% less an additional $5.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after January 22, 2019. Refund requests can be emailed to email@example.com.
Photos courtesy Jeff Timmons and Brad Bumgardner.