How to see winter wildlife
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. Check out the snow conditions before you go
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- 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? Check out our nature viewing guide.
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|07/17/20||Bog (mashkiig) Discovery: Roving Bog Walk||Lake Bemidji State Park|
|08/01/20||Bog (mashkiig) Discovery: Roving Bog Walk||Lake Bemidji State Park|
|08/14/20||Bog (mashkiig) Discovery: Roving Bog Walk||Lake Bemidji State Park|
|08/15/20||S'mores Stories: Night-Time Animals||Lake Bemidji State Park|
|08/17/20||Little Explorers: N is for Nature Tails||Interstate State Park|
|08/22/20||Animal Tracks||Fort Snelling State Park|
|08/23/20||Ripe Edible||Fort Snelling State Park|
|08/28/20||Bog (mashkiig) Discovery: Roving Bog Walk||Big Bog State Recreation Area|
|08/29/20||Bog (mashkiig) Discovery: Roving Bog Walk||Lake Bemidji State Park|
|09/06/20||Three Miles of Pike||Fort Snelling State Park|
|09/12/20||Falconry: The Sport of Kings||Gooseberry Falls State Park|
|09/19/20||Birding for beginners||Fort Snelling State Park|
|09/26/20||Itasca's 13th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival and Lantern Lit Hike||Itasca State Park|
|10/10/20||Falcon Focus||Gooseberry Falls State Park|
|11/27/20||Falconry: The Sport of Kings||Gooseberry Falls State Park|
|12/26/20||Falcon Focus||Gooseberry Falls 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.