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

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01/19/19

Whitewater State Park

Wintering Golden Eagle Survey

01/26/19

Tettegouche State Park

Guided Snowshoe Hike to the Cascades of the Baptism River - NOTE TIME CHANGE

01/26/19

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Ecology

01/29/19

Tettegouche State Park

Tettegouche Toddler Time: Ruffled Feathers

02/02/19

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Exploring Snowshoeing

02/09/19

Fort Snelling State Park

Quinzee!

02/16/19

Whitewater State Park

Lovebirds Candlelight Owl Prowl - Whitewater Centennial Anniversary Event

02/16/19

Big Bog State Recreation Area

Snowshoe Adventure

02/19/19

Tettegouche State Park

Tettegouche Toddler Time: Smelly Feet

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

03/09/19

Blue Mounds State Park

Scent Tracking

03/19/19

Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: A is for Animal Ears

04/12/19

Afton State Park

Timberdoodle walk

04/13/19

Brown's Creek State Trail at Neal Ave Trailhead

Birdwatching walk

04/26/19

Itasca State Park

An Itasca Spring Hike

04/27/19

Wild River State Park

Sights and Sounds of Spring Hike

04/30/19

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.