Wildlife viewing

Barred OwlDo you want to see something really cool?

Check out Minnesota's native wildlife! Our wild animals create magnificent "spectacles" during their yearly rituals of migration, courtship, feeding and rearing young. Watching wildlife can be exciting and provide a sense of discovery that is fun to share with your family and friends.

Join in on the wildlife tourism trend.

Wildlife tourism is growing as a popular hobby in Minnesota. You can be part of it no matter what your budget, time constraints, or travel options are. Some wildlife tourism adventures are as close as your own backyard! You can also expand your viewing adventures to a wildlife management area, park, wildlife refuge, or other public recreation spot.

Wildlife tourism is good for Minnesota.

According to a 2011 national survey External Link, about 1.6 million people participated in wildlife watching in Minnesota, and they spent more than $600,000. Not only does this hobby promote protection and management of natural habitats, it provides a big economic benefit.