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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!

Purchase a vehicle permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.

Birding events in Minnesota State Parks

Events Calendar


Itasca State Park

22nd Annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count


Tettegouche State Park

Peregrines in the Park


Lake Carlos State Park

8th Annual Christmas Bird Count


Gooseberry Falls State Park

Fast Flyers: Peregrine Falcons


Wild River State Park

Feathered Feeder Favorites

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Birds of Minnesota State Parks

Photo of the book jacket

We'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: