Birding in Minnesota State Parks

Minnesota state parks are a haven for birds and birdwatchers alike. Bird habitats around Minnesota—and everywhere in the world—are declining, and as a result, so are many bird species and populations. The state parks provide and preserve a much-needed variety and diversity of habitats for birds. If you want to see birds in Minnesota, visit a state park!

Park-specific bird checklists
Parks with free loaner birding kits
More birding resources
The best birding spots in Minnesota state parksThis link leads to an external site. (MPR News)

New Birding Book!

Photo of the book jacketWe're thrilled to introduce Birds of Minnesota State Parks, which was 11 years in the making and includes more than 200 pages of maps, color photos and insider tips on finding and identifying over 300 birds that can be seen in Minnesota state parks.

The book was a labor of love by noted ornithologist and author Bob Janssen, Minnesota State Parks and Trails, and the Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program.

Available for purchase here:

Many parks hold bird surveys and bird banding demonstrations, and there are often naturalist-led bird walks or other birding programs. Find one here:



Jay Cooke State Park

Lil' Park PEEPS - Bird Explorers


Brown's Creek State Trail

Winter Bird Walk - Brown's Creek State Trail


Lake Bemidji State Park

Annual Winter Bird Survey


Wild River State Park

Feathered Feeder Favorites


Itasca State Park

21st Annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count


Afton State Park

Winter Birds at Afton


Itasca State Park

Beginning Birding with Birds in Your Backyard


Jay Cooke State Park

Wild About Bird Watching Walk

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