North Dakota: Photography on the Prairie

Chestnut-collared Longspur - North Dakota

June 2-7, 2025

From: Bismarck, ND
Participant Limit: 5
Activity Level: Light/Moderate

Price: $TBD per person

Double occupancy. Single supplement: $400

This is a photography tour, designed to photograph target species with a focus on quality over quantity.

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Explore the beautiful, wild prairies in North Dakota to witness the abundance of songbirds and waterfowl that live in this very special area of the country. The Prairie Pothole region is a vast beautiful area with a high number of birds. While diversity isn’t huge, the sheer numbers of species is overwhelming. We will be focusing on the many breeding sparrows of the region, including several elusive species such as Baird’s Sparrow, LeConte’s Sparrow, and Nelson’s Sparrow. Other songbirds such as Chestnut-collared Longspur, Sedge Wren, Western Meadowlark, and Clay-colored Sparrow are plentiful and good photo ops are sure to follow. Shorebirds such as Marbled Godwit, Upland Sandpiper and Wilson’s Snipe will give us good opportunities at close-up shots. A large number of North American’s waterfowl nest in the region along with Western, Red-necked, and Eared Grebes will allow for intimate marsh photo ops. Black Terns, American Bittern, Yellow-headed Blackbirds and a variety of other marsh specialties are abundant. We will also venture to the west to pick up birds like Lazuli Bunting. It is sure to be a week of amazing shooting with so many excellent photo opportunities!

Trip Leaders

Jamie Cunningham
Jamie Cunningham


  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Ground Transportation
  • Park Entrance Fees

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Passport and Visa Fees
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal Items
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips

Tour Route

North Dakota Photo - Map

Birds and More Seen on This Tour

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