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:


Events

05/09/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

Spring Bird Survey

05/09/15

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/09/15

Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park

Birdbanding in the Big Woods

05/09/15

Wild River State Park

International Migratory Bird Day

05/09/15

Frontenac State Park

Birding Hike

05/10/15

Interstate State Park

Birding Stroll for Adults: Thirty Minutes

05/10/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

05/16/15

Interstate State Park

After Supper Stroll for Signs of Spring

05/16/15

Minneopa State Park

Bird Banding

05/16/15

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/16/15

Frontenac State Park

Birding Hike

05/17/15

Interstate State Park

Spring Highlights Hike: Thirty Minutes

05/17/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

05/22/15 - 05/24/15

St. Croix State Park

Bird Bonanza Weekend

05/23/15

Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Science Saturday

05/23/15

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Overlook Hike

05/23/15

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/23/15

Frontenac State Park

Birding Hike

05/24/15

Flandrau State Park

Owls of Minnesota

05/24/15

Interstate State Park

Birding Fun for Kids (and their Adults)

05/24/15

Fort Snelling State Park

Birding for Beginners

05/24/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

05/24/15

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Mighty Moths

05/30/15

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/30/15

Fort Snelling State Park

Women's Birds, Books, and Binoculars

05/30/15

Frontenac State Park

Birding Hike

06/05/15 - 06/07/15

Sibley State Park

Bird Fest Weekend

06/06/15

Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Science Saturday

06/06/15

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/06/15

Big Bog State Park

Bugs & Blooms: Bog Flowers on the Boardwalk

06/06/15

Sibley State Park

Birding in Minnesota State Parks Book Signing!

06/06/15

Tettegouche State Park

Peregrine Falcons, Up Close

06/06/15

Sibley State Park

Extreme Birdings Basics

06/06/15

Sibley State Park

Migration Game Time

06/07/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

06/13/15

Lake Maria State Park

National Get Outdoors Day

06/13/15

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/13/15

Gooseberry Falls State Park

LIVE! Peregrine Falcons in the Midwest: DROP IN PROGRAM

06/13/15

Gooseberry Falls State Park

The Sport of Kings: Falconry with LIVE birds

06/15/15

Interstate State Park

Little Explorers for Ages 3-6: B is for Bird

06/16/15

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: N is for Nests

06/20/15

Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Science Saturday

06/20/15

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/20/15

William O'Brien State Park

Birding in Minnesota State Parks!

06/21/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

06/26/15

Minneopa State Park

Owls of Minnesota

06/27/15

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/27/15

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Birds of Minnesota State Parks

06/30/15

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: E is for Eagles

07/04/15

Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Science Saturday

07/04/15

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/04/15

Itasca State Park

Outdoor Kids- Eagles

07/05/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

07/08/15

Itasca State Park

Birds Beyond Your Backyard: Unraveling Mysteries of the Common Loon with Kevin Kenow

07/11/15

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/18/15

Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Science Saturday

07/18/15

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/18/15

Itasca State Park

Outdoor Kids- Loons

07/19/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

07/21/15

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: B is for Birds

07/23/15

Fort Snelling State Park

Birding in Minnesota State Parks

07/25/15

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

08/01/15

Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Science Saturday

08/01/15

Itasca State Park

Outdoor Kids- Big Beak, Little Beak

08/01/15

Tettegouche State Park

Birding In Minnesota State Parks

08/02/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

08/08/15

Itasca State Park

Birds Beyond Your Backyard: Birding Itasca State Park, Field Trip with Bob Janssen

08/08/15

Itasca State Park

Birds Beyond Your Backyard: 'Birds of Minnesota State Parks', Talk and Book Signing with Bob Janssen

08/15/15

Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Science Saturday

08/16/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

08/22/15

Whitewater State Park

Birding in Minnesota State Parks

08/29/15

Whitewater State Park

Full Moon Owl Prowl

08/30/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

09/06/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

09/13/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

09/20/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

09/26/15

Itasca State Park

8th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival: Lantern Lit Hike and Activities

09/27/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

Find more events.

 

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