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

Suggestions

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.


Events

12/28/14

Wild River State Park

Winter Animal Tracking

12/31/14

Wild River State Park

Feeder Favorites

01/01/15

Whitewater State Park

19th Annual Whitewater River Valley Christmas Bird Count

01/01/15

Whitewater State Park

First Day Hike

01/03/15

Lake Carlos State Park

5th Annual Alexandria Christmas Bird Count

01/04/15

Fort Snelling State Park

Animal Tracks

01/10/15

William O'Brien State Park

Let's Snowshoe!

01/13/15

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: A is for Animal Tracks

01/17/15

William O'Brien State Park

Let's Snowshoe

01/18/15

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Wildlife Walk

01/24/15

Whitewater State Park

Winter Wonderland Digital Photography

01/24/15

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Presenters Under the Pines: "My Endless Childhood" An Evening with a Storyteller

01/31/15

Wild River State Park

Winter Wildlife Survival Challenge

01/31/15

Fort Ridgely State Park

Animal Track Snowshoe Hike

01/31/15

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Birding for Beginners

02/06/15

Lake Vermilion State Park

Full Moon Snowshoe Night Hike

02/07/15

Whitewater State Park

Snowshoe Saturdays

02/07/15

Flandrau State Park

Beginner Snowshoe Hike

02/07/15

William O'Brien State Park

Let's Snowshoe!

02/07/15

St. Croix State Park

Winter Animal Tracking

02/14/15

Whitewater State Park

Snowshoe Saturdays

02/14/15

Big Bog State Park

Snowshoe Adventure

02/20/15

Lake Vermilion State Park

New Moon Snowshoe Night Hike

02/21/15

Whitewater State Park

Snowshoe Saturdays

02/21/15

William O'Brien State Park

Let's Snowshoe!

02/21/15

Fort Snelling State Park

The Big Chill

02/28/15

Whitewater State Park

Snowshoe Saturdays

02/28/15

Fort Snelling State Park

All About Bluebirds

03/14/15

William O'Brien State Park

Bluebird Workshop!

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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.