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

04/20/18

Brown's Creek State Trail

Bird Walk

04/28/18

Itasca State Park

Spring Bird Migration on the North Country Trail

04/28/18

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Spring into Gooseberry

04/28/18

Gateway State Trail

Farm Pond Shorebird & Waterfowl Watch

04/29/18

Wild River State Park

Sounds of Spring Hike

05/01/18

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Spring into Gooseberry

05/05/18

Wild River State Park

Warbler Watch and Walk

05/05/18

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Spring Bird Migration

05/06/18

Fort Snelling State Park

Birding for Beginners

05/06/18

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

05/08/18

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Spring into Gooseberry

05/09/18

Brown's Creek State Trail

Birds of Brown's Creek State Trail

05/11/18

Afton State Park

Birdwatching for Beginners

05/12/18 - 05/13/18

St. Croix State Park

Bird Bonanza 10

05/12/18

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/13/18

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

05/15/18

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Spring into Gooseberry

05/16/18

Luce Line State Trail

Birds along the Luce Line State Trail

05/19/18

Itasca State Park

Take Flight! Spotting Spring Birds

05/19/18

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/19/18

Gateway State Trail

Gateway Trail Little Sit Bird Watch

05/19/18

Red River State Recreation Area

Nature Play

05/20/18

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

05/22/18

Red River State Recreation Area

Birding Walk

05/26/18

Itasca State Park

Take Flight! Spotting Spring Birds

05/26/18

Fort Snelling State Park

Parent Child Nature Discovery: Feathered Friends

05/26/18

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Tweet, Soar, Fly

05/26/18

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/26/18

Interstate State Park

Guess that Bird! Activity Station

05/27/18

Frontenac State Park

Live Falcon Program

05/27/18

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

06/02/18

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Tweet, Soar, Fly

06/02/18

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/09/18

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/10/18

McCarthy Beach State Park

Birding Basics

06/12/18

Red River State Recreation Area

Birding Walk

06/16/18

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/16/18

Tettegouche State Park

Thirty Years of Peregrines

06/23/18

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/23/18

Fort Snelling State Park

Parent Child Nature Discovery: Rocks!

06/30/18

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/05/18

Gateway State Trail

Interpretive Bike Ride

07/07/18

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/14/18

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/21/18

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/28/18

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

08/14/18

Red River State Recreation Area

Birding Walk

12/17/18

Itasca State Park

23rd Annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count


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: