Stop by a Minnesota state park for some great programs on winter birding and how to identify animal tracks in the snow. Check out the snow conditions before you go.
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.
- 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
Want some more tips? Check out our nature viewing guide.
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|09/29/22||Jr. Naturalist: Animal Sign||Itasca State Park|
|09/30/22||It's Fall on the Mary Lake Trail- Weekly Walk||Itasca State Park|
|10/01/22||Frontenac State Park 65th Anniversary Celebration||Frontenac State Park|
|10/01/22||Towering Pines, Bike/Car Tour||Itasca State Park|
|10/01/22||Jr. Naturalist: Animals of the Old Growth Forest Walk||Itasca State Park|
|10/02/22||Down to the river||Fort Snelling State Park|
|10/07/22||Fantastic Feather Facts - Nature Cart||Gooseberry Falls State Park|
|10/08/22||Autumn Nature Walk: Woods, Wings & Wildlife||Mille Lacs Kathio State Park|
|10/12/22||H.O.P. into the Park - Wonderful World of Feathers||Whitewater State Park|
|10/15/22||Birding for beginners||Fort Snelling State Park|
|10/15/22||Bats: Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood||St. Croix State Park - Amphitheater|
|10/16/22||Skins and Skulls||Fort Snelling State Park|
|10/20/22||Mystery Animal: Investigation Station||Interstate State Park|
|10/21/22||The Bold and the Bald: Eagles!||Fort Snelling State Park|
|10/22/22||Changing with the Seasons Walk||Interstate State Park|
|10/29/22||Nature Walk||Fort Snelling State Park|
|10/30/22||Fall: A season of changes||Fort Snelling State Park|
|11/12/22||A walk in the park||Fort Snelling State Park|
|11/13/22||Birding for beginnes||Fort Snelling State Park|
|11/13/22||Abandoned Homes||Fort Snelling State Park|
|11/18/22||Rivers and Critters||Fort Snelling State Park|
|11/26/22||Animal Tracks for kids||Fort Snelling State Park|
|11/27/22||Getting ready for winter||Fort Snelling State Park|
|12/10/22||Skins and Skills||Fort Snelling State Park|
|12/10/22||Coming of winter||Fort Snelling State Park|
|12/10/22||Winter bird feeding tips||Fort Snelling State Park|
|12/21/22||Fight, flight, good night||Fort Snelling State Park|
|12/23/22||Winter Ecology||Fort Snelling State Park|
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.