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

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05/08/16

Fort Snelling State Park

Birding for Beginners

05/12/16

Afton State Park

Tropical Wings Bird Migration Celebration

05/13/16 - 05/15/16

St. Croix State Park

St. Croix State Park's 8th Annual Bird Bonanza!

05/13/16

St. Croix State Park

3rd Grade Field Day!

05/13/16 - 05/15/16

St. Croix State Park

Bird Photography Contest

05/13/16 - 05/15/16

St. Croix State Park

Birding Marathon

05/13/16

St. Croix State Park

Birds of the Night Hike

05/14/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Spring Bird Survey

05/14/16

Wild River State Park

International Migratory Bird Day

05/14/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birding for You and Me

05/14/16

St. Croix State Park

Guided Warbler Walk

05/14/16

St. Croix State Park

Bird Banding

05/14/16

St. Croix State Park

International Migratory Bird Day

05/14/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/15/16

St. Croix State Park

Build a Bluebird House

05/15/16

St. Croix State Park

Techno Birding

05/15/16

St. Croix State Park

Climate Change Impacts on MN Birds, Photo Expo

05/20/16

Minneopa State Park

Bird Banding

05/21/16

Itasca State Park

Spring Wildflower Hike: Exploring the North Country Trail and Itasca's Westerly Woods

05/21/16

Minneopa State Park

Bird Banding

05/21/16

Whitewater State Park

Spring Songbird Walk

05/21/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/28/16

Itasca State Park

Take Flight! Spotting Spring Birds

05/28/16

Sibley State Park

Birding by i-phone

05/28/16

Lac Qui Parle State Park

All about Bluebirds

05/28/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/29/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

All About Birds: Nature Tent

06/04/16

Itasca State Park

Take Flight! Spotting Spring Birds

06/04/16

Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park

Bird Banding

06/04/16

Frontenac State Park

Volunteer Day: Garlic Mustard Pull

06/04/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/10/16

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Mighty Moths

06/11/16

Big Stone Lake State Park

Whose nest is this? Bluebird nest boxes

06/11/16

Whitewater State Park

Summer Sampler: Family Outdoor Fair

06/11/16

Lake Bronson State Park

Birdwatching Basics

06/11/16

Lake Carlos State Park

Summer Sampler: Outdoor Explorations - National Get Outdoors Day

06/11/16

Whitewater State Park

Roadkill Cafe: Turkey Vultures

06/11/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Bird Walk (precedes screening of The Messenger at 8 pm)

06/11/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

The Messenger: Songbird SOS

06/11/16

Tettegouche State Park

Meet the Falcons!

06/11/16

Big Bog State Park

National Get Outdoors Day - Bog Flowers on the Boardwalk

06/11/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Fast Flyers: Peregrine Falcons

06/11/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/12/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Yoga under the Pines

06/12/16

Hayes Lake State Park

Birdwatching Basics

06/18/16

Big Bog State Recreation Area

Build-A-Birdhouse

06/18/16

Sibley State Park

Autism Awareness: Birding Indoor Program and Walk

06/18/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/20/16

Interstate State Park

Little Explorers: H is for Hummingbird

06/25/16

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Mighty Moths

06/25/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/02/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/03/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Yoga under the Pines

07/09/16

Whitewater State Park

Live Eagle Program

07/09/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/16/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/22/16

Whitewater State Park

Roadkill Cafe: Turkey Vultures

07/23/16

Lake Vermilion - Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Science Saturday: Birds of Northern Minnesota

07/23/16

Flandrau State Park

Bird Ecology

07/23/16

Itasca State Park

Outdoor Kids: Water Birds

07/23/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/24/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Yoga under the Pines

07/29/16

Brown's Creek State Trail Neal Ave area

Birds of Brown's Creek State Trail

07/30/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

08/12/16

Sibley State Park

A Pelican Brief

08/14/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Yoga under the Pines

08/20/16

Whitewater State Park

Roadkill Cafe: Turkey Vultures

08/27/16

Whitewater State Park

Live Eagle Program

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