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

02/13/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Winter Birds

02/13/16

Big Bog State Park

Snowshoe Adventure

02/13/16

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Return of the Eagles

02/27/16

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Birding for Beginners

02/28/16

Fort Snelling State Park

All About Bluebirds

03/19/16

William O'Brien State Park

Those Beautiful Bluebirds!

04/02/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birding for You and Me

04/15/16

Afton State Park

Timberdoodle Dance

04/16/16

Brown's Creek State Trail

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Birds, Buds and Blooms Walk

04/22/16

Afton State Park

Timberdoodle Dance

04/29/16

Afton State Park

Timberdoodle Dance

04/30/16

Camden State Park

Bluebirding Event

05/08/16

Fort Snelling State Park

Birding for Beginners

05/12/16

Afton State Park

Tropical Wings Bird Migration Celebration

05/13/16 - 05/15/16

St. Croix State Park

St. Croix State Park's 8th Annual Bird Bonanza!

05/13/16

St. Croix State Park

3rd Grade Field Day!

05/13/16 - 05/15/16

St. Croix State Park

Bird Photography Contest

05/13/16 - 05/15/16

St. Croix State Park

Birding Marathon

05/13/16

St. Croix State Park

Birds of the Night Hike

05/14/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Spring Bird Survey

05/14/16

Wild River State Park

International Migratory Bird Day

05/14/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birding for You and Me

05/14/16

St. Croix State Park

Guided Warbler Walk

05/14/16

St. Croix State Park

Bird Banding

05/14/16

St. Croix State Park

International Migratory Bird Day

05/15/16

St. Croix State Park

Techno Birding

05/15/16

St. Croix State Park

Birds and Climate Change, Photo Expo

05/15/16

St. Croix State Park

Build a Bluebird House

05/21/16

Itasca State Park

Spring Wildflower Hike: Exploring the North Country Trail and Itasca's Westerly Woods

05/28/16

Itasca State Park

Take Flight! Spotting Spring Birds

05/28/16

Sibley State Park

Birding by i-phone

06/04/16

Itasca State Park

Take Flight! Spotting Spring Birds

06/11/16

Big Stone Lake State Park

Whose nest is this? Bluebird nest boxes

06/11/16

Whitewater State Park

Summer Sampler: Family Outdoor Fair - State Park Open House Day

07/23/16

Lake Vermilion - Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Science Saturday: Birds of Northern Minnesota

Find more events.

 

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