Minnesota Migration Bird Watching Package

Dates:

We are not running this special at this time. However, please let us know if you have a group that is interested and we'll work something out.

Guiding Package Details:

Friday Evening: Enjoy appetizers and wine while Judd Brink, professional bird guide and owner of MN Backyard Birds, gives a presentation on the natural history and birds of Itasca State Park. During this time, Judd will also hand out maps, a bird checklist, discuss proper binocular use and answer any questions you may have.

Saturday morning: Enjoy the spring migration with a guided bird watching tour with Judd at Itasca State Park from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon, taking in other birding locations as time allows. Many of our neotropical warblers nest within the park, so it's a great opportunity to view many warbler species such as Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian and Redstarts. A brief look at a Goshawk is also possible along with nesting loons and eagles. Many of the birds will be reviewed during the Friday evening program.

Saturday afternoon through the rest of your stay:

  • Take that wanted afternoon nap on our comfortable beds, and just generally enjoy the peaceful and relaxing comforts of Two Inlets Resort
  • Return to Itasca State Park for more bird watching on your own
  • Use the canoes, kayaks or paddleboat here at the resort to quietly view nesting Common Loons, Green Herons and Great-blue Herons on Two Inlets Lake. The lake is home to three loon families.
  • Watch Bald Eagles as well as migratory birds while sitting on the lakeshore or docks
  • Take a drive over to the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge to view a wide range of waterfowl
  • Feel free to put down your binoculars for just some relaxing peace and quiet

About Your Guide: Judd Brink has a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from Northland College in Ashland, WI. After school Judd worked with several uncommon birds as a wildlife technician in the Midwest. He spent some time with the Endangered Kirtland's Warbler, which at that time was only found in Michigan. Judd has been guiding for birding festivals for the past 8 years, and Itasca State Park is his favorite field trip. He has helped many birders listen for many species such as the Black-backed Woodpeckers and Parula Warblers found within Itasca. This past February he participated in searching for the once thought extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker in bottomland forest and swamps of Louisiana. Judd has been watching birds for 25 years, mostly in Minnesota.

Price: $225/person for Friday and Saturday nights. Stay additional nights for just $75.00/night each. Click here to see cabin availability. Call 1-218-699-3632 or send us an email with any questions or to make a reservation.

Other Information: All meals will be on your own. Every cabin has a complete kitchen, along with a charcoal grill and picnic table. We ask that you bring your own bath and kitchen towels, however, if you will be flying in we can easily supply towels.

Local Airports: Several airports will get you close to Two Inlets Resort. Choices include Bemidji, MN (45 miles away), Fargo, ND (95 miles), Brainerd, MN (100 miles) or Minneapolis/St. Paul (190 miles).

Judd Brink