2024 Bird of the Year Tour: Sax-Zim Bog and Northern Minnesota

13 – 17 June, 2024

Welcome to Sax-Zim Bog, a renowned destination for birdwatchers situated in northern Minnesota. During the summer months, these tranquil forests become a focal point for bird enthusiasts eager to discover a variety of songbirds on their breeding grounds. Among the notable attractions is the American Birding Association’s 2024 Bird of the Year: Golden-winged Warbler. Sax-Zim Bog provides a prime breeding habitat for these warblers, offering visitors the chance to observe their behaviors and listen to their melodic songs.

Beyond the Golden-winged Warbler, Sax-Zim Bog and northern Minnesota showcase a variety of breeding songbirds. From the often elusive Connecticut Warbler over Black-and-white Warbler to the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Northern Waterthrush, the bog’s ecosystem supports a rich diversity of avian life. Guided by local birding guide Gregg Severson, we will explore the scenic trails and boardwalks, immersing ourselves in the tranquil surroundings while enjoying the harmonious melodies of the resident songbirds. With its serene beauty and abundant wildlife, Sax-Zim Bog provides an unforgettable birding experience, inviting enthusiasts to connect with nature and discover the wonders of Minnesota’s summer birdlife.

In addition to excellent birdwatching opportunities, our Bird of the Year Tour in Sax-Zim Bog offers a unique blend of nature and artistic expression. Participants will have the chance to channel their creativity through art workshops guided by our distinguished Artist of the Year, Natasza Fontaine. Against the backdrop of Sax-Zim Bog’s serene landscapes, Natasza will inspire participants to capture the essence of Minnesota’s birdlife and scenic beauty on canvas. Natasza has also developed a passion for the audio side of birding and will happily share how we can all get better at birding by ear during our outings to the bog.

Number of days/nights: 5 days / 4 nights

Starting: 06/13/2024, Duluth Airport (DLH) (arrive before 2pm)

Finishing: 06/17/2024, Duluth Airport (DLH) (departure after 11am)


Day 1

Arrival at Duluth Airport and transfer to Alesches’

Day 2 – 4

AM: Birding field trips led by Gregg Severson

PM: Art workshops led by Natasza Fontaine

Day 5

Departure from Duluth Airport


When: June 13 – 17, 2024
Where: Arrive in Duluth Airport, Minnesota (DLH) and depart from Duluth Airport, Minnesota (DLH)
How Much: $2,950.00 in double occupancy
Single Supplement: $550.00


  • 4 hotel nights;
  • Local transportation;
  • All meals (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5);
  • All entrance fees;
  • All guiding fees;
  • All activities as described in the itinerary.

Not included:

  • Transportation to and from start point of the tour (Duluth Airport);
  • Alcoholic beverages;
  • Personal purchases such as (but not limited to) souvenirs, calls, laundry, snacks…
  • Insurance (travel, cancellation and medical insurance are strongly recommended);
  • Any tips you would like to offer tour leaders, guides, drivers, porters, wait staff, housekeeping etc. for outstanding service.

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Group size

  • Participants: min. 7 – max. 13
  • Guides: 1
  • Art instructor: 1
  • ABA reps: 1


  • Bird of the Year: Golden-winged Warbler
  • Art: daily art workshops with Natasza Fontaine
  • Birds
  • Conservation

Birding pace: Medium

Photography opportunities: Medium

Physical difficulty: Easy