Birding in Minnesota State Parks

Birders in a Minnesota State Park.

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)

Birds of Minnesota State Parks

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:

Events Calendar

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Whitewater State Park

H.O.P. Into the Park: Swan Watching Field Trip


Fort Snelling State Park

Abandoned Homes


Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Bird Feeding Tips


Whitewater State Park

H.O.P. Into the Park: Whitewater's German POW Camp


Lake Bemidji State Park

Annual Winter Bird Survey


Itasca State Park

22nd Annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count


Lake Carlos State Park

7th Annual Christmas Bird Count

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This program is made possible by funds from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.