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

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 Calendar

12/01/18

Glendalough State Park

Woodworking with Nature: Bird Feeders

12/01/18

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Bird Feeding

12/02/18

Fort Snelling State Park

Wildlife Surviving Winter

12/08/18

Blue Mounds State Park

Tracks and Trails Hike

12/09/18

Fort Snelling State Park

Birds, Books, and Binoculars

12/15/18

Fort Snelling State Park

The Coming of Winter

12/17/18

Itasca State Park

23rd Annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count

12/22/18

Brown's Creek State Trail

Tracks and Signs of animals - Canceled

12/29/18

Wild River State Park

Feathered Feeder Favorites

12/29/18

Lake Carlos State Park

9th Annual Christmas Bird Count

12/30/18

Tettegouche State Park

Antlers and the Animals that Wear Them

01/01/19

Whitewater State Park

Annual Whitewater River Valley Christmas Bird Count

01/01/19

Tettegouche State Park

First Day Hike

01/01/19

Afton State Park

First Day Hike and Christmas Bird Count

01/05/19

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Exploring Snowshoeing

01/05/19

Fort Ridgely State Park

Beginner Snowshoe Hike

01/12/19

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Exploring Snowshoeing

01/13/19

Tettegouche State Park

Guided Snowshoe Hike to the Cascades of the Baptism River

01/26/19

Tettegouche State Park

Guided Snowshoe Hike to the Cascades of the Baptism River

01/26/19

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Ecology

02/02/19

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Exploring Snowshoeing

02/09/19

Fort Snelling State Park

Quinzee!

02/16/19

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Exploring Snowshoeing

02/16/19

Whitewater State Park

Lovebirds Candlelight Owl Prowl - Whitewater Centennial Anniversary Event

02/23/19

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Family Snowshoe Hike: Wildlife Survivor - Winter Edition

02/23/19

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Birding for Beginners

02/24/19

Fort Snelling State Park

All About Bluebirds

03/19/19

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: A is for Animal Ears


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.