Birding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

A Canoe Camping Adventure in Northern Minnesota
(as featured in the Boundary Waters Journal)
May 19-22
May 26-29


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 eight 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 details:
Maximum group size: seven participants
Fee:  $1047 – Absolutely all inclusive***:
  • ultralight canoes and canoeing equipment
  •  all meals
  •  permits and taxes
***The only expense not included are alcoholic beverages which may be brought to, or purchased at the lodge.
Rob Kesselring,  (952) 432-8884
Sue Plankis,  (952) 201-6062
Your guides:
Rob has led 32 Arctic canoe expeditions, 88 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.
Bearskin hosts this event, but all arrangements are made through Rob and Sue.  Contact them to get all your questions answered.