ANS’s Nature Travel program offers our members and friends opportunities to search for
wildlife and explore the wonders of nature at places outside the mid-Atlantic region.

Nature Travel 2022 Update:

We are looking ahead to resuming Nature Travel in early 2022 with our first-ever birding trip to Minnesota:

Northern Minnesota Winter Quest
with leaders Paul Pisano and Alex Sundvall February 18-22. For the itinerary, costs and Nature Travel waiver please email Carol at

Join us as we explore the iconic forests, bogs and Lake Superior shoreline of northern Minnesota to search for birds and other animals that make this wonderland their winter home. On this long weekend we’ll be based in Duluth and travel through rich and varied habitats, scanning the trees and brush for such amazing birds as Great Gray Owl (seen above), Northern Hawk Owl, and Snowy Owl.

We’ll also search for the winter finches often found in the region, such as Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, Red and White-winged Crossbills, and Common (and with luck Hoary) Redpolls. Ruffed, Sharp-tailed and (rarely) Spruce Grouse, woodpeckers, Canada Jay, Northern Shrike, Bohemian Waxwing and Boreal Chickadee are also on the list of species we’ll spend time looking for as we drive the back roads.

While the total trip list will fall well short of 50 species, the birds we expect to see will include many that we don’t encounter in the mid-Atlantic region. It will be cold and brisk, so pack your layers and come along on this winter adventure!

And be sure to watch this page for upcoming Nature Travel plans

Group size is typically limited to 15 people, and many trips fill early.

Call Carol at the ANS travel desk at 301-652-9188 x10 or send an email message
to for complete itineraries and registration information.

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Photos by Susan Blaha, Mark Garland, Stephanie Mason, and Richard Orr.