Winter wildlife

Minnesota winters provide a stunning backdrop to any wildlife viewing. Stop by a Minnesota state park for some great programs on birding and identifying animal tracks in the snow!

Helpful tips


November/December - Visit the Weaver Bottoms along the Mississippi River and watch thousands of migrating tundra swans en route to North Carolina and Virginia. From there, head south to Whitewater State Park to check for wintering bald eagles.

January/February - Try reading mammal tracks in the snow. You might find tracks for white-tailed deer, red fox, or coyotes. Open water along rivers provides habitat for Canada geese, trumpeter swans, and bald eagles.

Want some more tips? Try these: Nature, wildlife viewing & birding.


05/22/15 - 05/24/15

St. Croix State Park

Bird Bonanza Weekend

05/22/15 - 05/24/15

St. Croix State Park

Bird Photography Contest

05/22/15 - 05/24/15

St. Croix State Park

Birding Marathon

05/24/15 - 08/30/15

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

06/05/15 - 06/07/15

Sibley State Park

Bird Fest Weekend

06/09/15 - 08/25/15

Itasca State Park

Bugs and Blooms

08/10/15 - 08/14/15

Interstate State Park

Grandparents and Grandkids Week!

08/14/15 - 08/16/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

I Can Camp

08/28/15 - 08/30/15

St. Croix State Park

Mammal Jam Weekend

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Please note: Occasionally, due to extreme weather or poor snow conditions, an event may need to be canceled or changed. When in doubt, call the park.