Winter wildlife

Birding in winter


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

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Helpful tips

    Red squirrel track
  • Bring binoculars
  • Go out at dawn and dusk for the best viewing
  • Be alert and move slowly and quietly
  • Search for tracks in the mud or snow
  • Look near the edges of forests and fields, pond margins and treetops
  • Try these wildlife and nature viewing 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.

Events Calendar

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William O'Brien State Park

CANCELLED - Learn to Snowshoe! (Ages 8 to adult)


William O'Brien State Park

Bluebird Program Volunteer Orientation


Glendalough State Park

Spring Bird Feeding Workshop- Oriole Feeders


Afton State Park

Timberdoodle walk


Brown's Creek State Trail at Neal Ave Trailhead

Birdwatching walk


Lake Maria State Park

Snake Rattle and Roll


Itasca State Park

An Itasca Spring Hike


Wild River State Park

Sights and Sounds of Spring Hike


Gooseberry Falls State Park

Spring into Gooseberry

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.