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Birding in the Boundary Waters

Birding in the Boundary Waters

Birding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Join Wilderness Canoe Guide Rob Kesselring and Naturalist Sue Plankis on the 8th Annual Birding in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Adventure. This year the experience will be lodge-based with overnight accommodations at the luxurious and historic Bearskin Lodge located off the Gunflint Trail on the edge of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. During the days, by canoe, we will explore the BWCAW seeking breeding birds in this astonishing wilderness area. For seven years participants have averaged looks at over sixty bird species. Birds we have seen in previous years? Many warbler species including the Black-throated Blue Warbler and Northern Waterthrush; Great-Horned, Barred and Northern Saw-Whet Owls; Loons; Black-backed Woodpeckers; Boreal Chickadees; Winter Wrens; Veerys; Merlins and Bald Eagles. Back at the lodge there are hiking trails, a sauna and a magnificent whirlpool bath overlooking East Bearskin Lake. After a wholesome, and healthy supper, the evenings will be spent by a campfire or the fireplace. There will be time to chat about the day’s sightings and enjoy informal presentations focused on the fauna, flora and history of the BWCAW – and maybe we will catch a good look at an owl.
The blend of birding, paddling a canoe, and living in the wilderness for a few days makes this experience unique, exciting and memorable.


Dates:  May 19-22, May 26-29

            Maximum group size: seven participants


Fee: $995 - Absolutely all inclusive - ultralight canoes and canoeing equipment, all meals, permits, taxes ....the only expense not included are alcoholic beverages which may be brought to, or bought at the lodge.


Contact: Rob Kesselring  rob@robkesselring.com (952) 432-8884

                Sue Plankis: splankis@gmail.com (952) 201-6062


Rob has led 29 Arctic canoe expeditions, 83 BWCAW/Quetico trips. He has paddled 150 rivers worldwide and is a Licensed Wilderness Guide and popular outdoor writer.  Sue has been a Canadian Style and Freestyle Canoe instructor. She is an expert birder, has an incredible ear for northern forest bird songs. She has assisted on many scientific naturalist studies. This is her 8th year leading the Birding in the Boundary Waters Wilderness  Adventure.


For more information on this and other trip offerings visit: www.robkesselring.com

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