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Birding in Minnesota State Parks

Birders in a Minnesota State Park.

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!

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The best birding spots in Minnesota state parksThis link leads to an external site. (MPR News)


Birds of Minnesota State Parks

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 Calendar

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02/15/17

Whitewater State Park

H.O.P. Into the Park: Owl Calling

02/18/17

Big Bog State Recreation Area

Snowshoe Adventure

02/26/17

Fort Snelling State Park

All About Bluebirds

03/15/17

Whitewater State Park

H.O.P. Into the Park: Maple Syrup Making

03/18/17

William O'Brien State Park

Those Beautiful Bluebirds!

03/25/17

Hazel Street

Bird watching for Beginners along Brown?s Creek State Trail

04/12/17

Whitewater State Park

H.O.P. Into the Park: Waterfowl Watching Field Trip

04/13/17

Afton State Park

Timberdoodle Dance

04/20/17

Afton State Park

Timberdoodle Dance

04/22/17

Afton State Park

We Love Afton State Park!

04/29/17

Wild River State Park

Sounds of Spring Stroll

05/06/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birding for You and Me

05/06/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birds of Spring

05/12/17

Afton State Park

Timberdoodle Dance

05/13/17

St. Croix State Park

International Migratory Bird Day Bird Bonanza

05/13/17

N Main Street, Stillwater

Birds, Buds and Blooms Walk ? Brown?s Creek State Trail - Stillwater Trailhead.

05/13/17

Wild River State Park

Warbler Walk

05/17/17

Whitewater State Park

H.O.P. Into the Park: Morel Mushrooms

05/19/17

Interstate State Park

After Supper Stroll

05/20/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birding for You and Me

05/20/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birds of Spring

05/27/17

Father Hennepin State Park

Special Program: Hunters of the Sky

05/27/17

Itasca State Park

Take Flight! Spotting Spring Birds

05/28/17

Big Stone Lake State Park

Who's living in the Bluebird House??

06/03/17

Itasca State Park

Take Flight! Spotting Spring Birds

06/10/17

Big Stone Lake State Park

Who's living in the Bluebird House??

07/22/17

Big Stone Lake State Park

Nature Story and Craft- Nature's Builders

07/29/17

Upper Sioux Agency State Park: Visitor Center

Raptors By Family

09/02/17 - 09/04/17

Big Stone Lake State Park

Nature Crafts for kids

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