Winter Birding in Northern Minnesota

Winter Birding in Northern Minnesota

February 5, 2024

Northern Minnesota offers some of the best winter birding in the United States. People come from across the country – and even around the world – to experience birding opportunities not available elsewhere. Unique habitats and flight patterns along western Lake Superior provides exceptional winter birding at such places as the renowned Sax-Zim Bog, Lake Superior North Shore and Duluth Harbor, just to name a few.

Our featured speaker and facilitator is Rich Hoeg, a nationally-know birding enthusiast and naturalist. He will share his expertise and advice on birding in Northern Minnesota.

The South Pier Inn is delighted to offer this one-time birding event for our bird enthusiasts. Package includes one night lodging at the award-winning South Pier Inn, dinner at the Kitchi Gammi Club, presentation, and birding materials.

February 5 Program

Check in at the South Pier Inn

6:00pm Welcome Dinner

6:45pm Opening Presentation and Educational Lecture

Birding Material Distribution

Kitchi Gammi Club

About Your Facilitator

Richard Hoeg, 365 Days of Birds

Rich Hoeg is a naturalist who lives in NE Minnesota. For the past ten years he has served as a volunteer naturalist at the nationally-renowned northern Minnesota birding area, Sax-Zim Bog.

Rich has recently presented at Chicago’s two largest Audubon organizations. He also has presented many times closer to home in Minnesota as a well-known expert on NE Minnesota birding. He is the author/photographer of three children’s picture books on owls.

His website,, chronicles his NE Minnesota birding adventures and expertise.

Rich is a friend of the South Pier Inn and has generously agreed to facilitate this event. Rich’s services cannot be hired!

Options for Opening Dinner at the Kitchi Gammi Club are listed below, and orders will be taken at time of reservation. Dinner options include dessert, water and coffee.

Cashew Cheese and Quinoa Tortellini

Handmade Cashew Cheese and Quinoa Tortellini, tossed in fresh pesto, served with wild mushrooms, beets, spinach and asparagus.

Chicken Milanese

A lightly seasoned and breaded chicken breast, served over linguine pasta, with a rustic Milanese sauce of confit tomato, kalamata olives, roasted red peppers and confit garlic.

Package Pricing

Junior Waterfront Suite: $359 single/$439 double

Executive Waterfront Suite: $399 single/$479 double

Taxes not included.

Limited packages are available! To sign up. please click here to register today!

What Happens Next?

We will contact registrants by phone to confirm package availability, room assignment and finalize reservations. Keep in mind, reservations are limited, so reservations are NOT guaranteed until you are called. We will maintain a short waitlist for potential cancellations.

Payment in full is required at time of reservation. Cancellations must be received no later than noon on Thursday, January 25 to receive full refund.

In the event that insufficient bookings exist and the event will be cancelled, you will be notified by phone on Tuesday, January 30.