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
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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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07/24/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Yoga under the Pines

07/26/16

Jay Cooke State Park

Junior Naturalists - Spying on Birds

07/28/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birds Discovery Tent

07/29/16

Jay Cooke State Park

Junior Naturalists - Learning to Fly

07/29/16

St. Croix State Park

Birding for Beginners

07/30/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/30/16

Wild River State Park

Minnesota Raptors

07/30/16

St. Croix State Park

Fishy Flyers

07/30/16

Rice Lake State Park

Birds of Prey

07/31/16

Wild River State Park

Birding for Beginners

08/04/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Flying Shadows: Stories of the Raven

08/04/16

St. Croix State Park

Outdoor Independence Weekend - Birding for Beginners

08/10/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birds Discovery Tent

08/12/16

Sibley State Park

A Pelican Brief

08/13/16

St. Croix State Park

Trick or Tweet

08/14/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Yoga under the Pines

08/20/16

Whitewater State Park

Roadkill Cafe: Turkey Vultures

08/25/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birds Discovery Tent

08/27/16

Whitewater State Park

Live Eagle Program

08/27/16

Interstate State Park

Plantings for Pollinators: Sidewalk Stop

10/08/16

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Fall Trail Walk: Woods, Wings & Wildlife

10/08/16

Fort Snelling State Park

Birding for Beginners

11/20/16

Fort Snelling State Park

Abandoned Homes

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