Birding in Minnesota State Parks

Minnesota state parks are a haven for birds and birdwatchers alike. Bird habitats around Minnesota—and everywhere in the world—are declining, and as a result, so are many bird species and populations. The state parks provide and preserve a much-needed variety and diversity of habitats for birds. If you want to see birds in Minnesota, visit a state park!

Park-specific bird checklists
Parks with free loaner birding kits
More birding resources
The best birding spots in Minnesota state parksThis link leads to an external site. (MPR News)


New Birding Book!

Photo of the book jacketWe're thrilled to introduce Birds of Minnesota State Parks, which was 11 years in the making and includes more than 200 pages of maps, color photos and insider tips on finding and identifying over 300 birds that can be seen in Minnesota state parks.

The book was a labor of love by noted ornithologist and author Bob Janssen, Minnesota State Parks and Trails, and the Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program.

Available for purchase here:


Many parks hold bird surveys and bird banding demonstrations, and there are often naturalist-led bird walks or other birding programs. Find one here:


Events

07/28/15

Fort Snelling State Park

Where the Wild Things Are: Wildlife Nature Hike

07/29/15

Sibley State Park

Fitness Walking Wednesday

07/29/15

Itasca State Park

CANCELED: Minnesota's Treasures: La Salle Lake Scientific and Natural Area Specialty Tour

07/30/15

Afton State Park

Bird Watching for Beginners

07/30/15

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Lore of the Loon

07/31/15

Lake Carlos State Park

Prairie Wonders- Roving Cart

08/01/15

Itasca State Park

Outdoor Kids- Big Beak, Little Beak

08/01/15

Tettegouche State Park

Birding In Minnesota State Parks

08/01/15

Scenic State Park

Shaped by Ice

08/01/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Junior Naturalists - Learning to Fly

08/02/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

08/02/15

Tettegouche State Park

An Intro to Birding

08/02/15

Afton State Park

Birds, Bugs and Buds on the Prairie

08/02/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Eagles: Rulers of the Sky

08/02/15

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Lore of the Loon

08/02/15

Tettegouche State Park

Minnesota's Birds of Prey

08/07/15

Whitewater State Park

Live Eagle Program

08/08/15

Itasca State Park

Birds Beyond Your Backyard: Birding Itasca State Park, Field Trip with Bob Janssen

08/08/15

Itasca State Park

Birds Beyond Your Backyard: 'Birds of Minnesota State Parks', Talk and Book Signing with Bob Janssen

08/08/15

Scenic State Park

The Timeless Testament of Trees

08/08/15

Afton State Park

Birding for Beginners

08/10/15 - 08/14/15

Interstate State Park

Grandparents and Grandkids Week!

08/12/15

Sibley State Park

Fitness Walking Wednesday

08/13/15

Afton State Park

Birds, Bugs and Buds on the Prairie

08/14/15

McCarthy Beach State Park

Birds of a Feather

08/15/15

Savanna Portage State Park

Owls

08/15/15

Scenic State Park

Weird Weather

08/16/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

08/22/15

Whitewater State Park

Birding in Minnesota State Parks

08/22/15

Whitewater State Park

Roadkill Cafe: Turkey Vultures

08/23/15

Scenic State Park

The 6th Great Extinction

08/26/15

Sibley State Park

Fitness Walking Wednesday

08/29/15

Whitewater State Park

Full Moon Owl Prowl

08/30/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

08/31/15

Scenic State Park

How Old Am I?

09/06/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

09/09/15

Sibley State Park

Fitness Walking Wednesday

09/13/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

09/13/15

Fort Snelling State Park

The Coming of Autumn

09/20/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

09/20/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

Explore the Mississippi River

09/26/15

Itasca State Park

8th Annual Autumn Harvest Festival: Lantern Lit Hike and Activities

09/27/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

09/30/15

Sibley State Park

Fitness Walking Wednesday

10/17/15

Afton State Park

Let's Go Birdwatching

10/24/15

Fort Snelling State Park

Birding for Beginners

11/22/15

Fort Snelling State Park

Abandoned Homes

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