Birding Prairies and Potholes

North Dakota

Thirteen-striped Ground Squirrel by Clifton Avery

June 15 – 24, 2022

American Avocets by Simon Thompson

Your place on this Venture is reserved when your completed registration form and deposit of $300 per person has been received. Deposit may be made via the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order (payable to ‘VENTURES BIRDING’) sent to PO Box 1095, Skyland, NC 28776. This Venture is limited to 10 participants.

Cost of North Dakota Venture $2800 per person based on double occupancy (Single supplement $455) Price includes: Transportation by van, all accommodation, breakfasts, lunches & dinners, entry fees, information packet & bird checklist, and guide/leader service throughout Not included: Alcoholic beverages, laundry and other items of a personal nature

North Dakota is a hidden gem for bird watching especially in the spring and summer months. The unique ecosystems of the immense badlands, grasslands and prairie potholes provides a birder with a wide range of bird families to observe. The huge area of the badlands and grasslands are known for nesting grassland birds such as sandpipers, grouse, and sparrows. North Dakota has shortgrass, mixed grass and tallgrass prairies. The potholes are an expansive area within the Great Plains that contain thousands of shallow wetlands. They fill in with water in the spring and provide vital nesting habitat for dozens of waterfowl species and other wetland associated species. This week-long birding road trip will take us to the southwestern corner of North Dakota where we will bird the prairies of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Little Missouri River National Grassland. We will then head east to the pothole region of central North Dakota where we will bird the many birding hotspots of Kidder and Stutsman Counties. On this trip we can expect 150-175 species. North Dakota is an area where lots of eastern birds reach the western most point of their range while western birds reach the eastern most point of their range so we can be sure to find some unique and unusual birds no matter where you are from! In some areas we visit be prepared to be shocked by the shear number of birds that are present!

Some of the Birds We Hope to See

Western Grebe, American White Pelican, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Upland Sandpiper (scarce), Black-billed Cuckoo, Burrowing Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, Prairie Falcon, Say’s Phoebe, Black-billed Magpie, Rock Wren, Eastern Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, Ferruginous Hawk, Gray Partridge, Piping Plover, LeConte’s Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Sharp-tailed Sparrow, and Chestnut-collared Longspur and many more.