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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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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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04/29/17

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Spring Bird Migration

04/29/17

Wild River State Park

Sounds of Spring Stroll

04/29/17

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Bird Banding

05/06/17

Brown's Creek State Trail - Neal Ave

Brown?s Creek Trail Bird Walk

05/06/17

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/06/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birding for You and Me

05/06/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birds of Spring

05/07/17

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

05/07/17

Fort Snelling State Park

Birding for Beginners

05/07/17

Sakatah Lake State Park

Sakatah Lake Birding Hike

05/12/17 - 05/14/17

St. Croix State Park

Bird Photography Contest, Bird Bonanza 9

05/12/17

Afton State Park

Timberdoodle Dance

05/13/17

Gateway Trail

Gateway Trail Bird Walk

05/13/17

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/13/17

Interstate State Park

Kids, Birds and Binoculars

05/13/17

St. Croix State Park

International Migratory Bird Day, Bird Bonanza 9

05/13/17

Brown's Creek State Trailhead - 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

05/13/17

St. Croix State Park

Bird Banding, Bird Bonaza 9

05/13/17

St. Croix State Park

Live Raptor Program, Bird Bonanza 9

05/14/17

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

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

Gateway State Trail - Lansing Ave

Gateway Trail Little Sit Bird Watch

05/20/17

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/20/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birding for You and Me

05/20/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Birds of Spring

05/21/17

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

05/21/17

Jay Cooke State Park

Early Bird Walk

05/27/17

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

05/27/17

Father Hennepin State Park

Special Program: Hunters of the Sky

05/27/17

Itasca State Park

Take Flight! Spotting Spring Birds

05/27/17

Fort Ridgely State Park

Bird Ecology

05/28/17

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

05/28/17

Jay Cooke State Park

Early Bird Walk

05/28/17

Big Stone Lake State Park

Who's living in the Bluebird House??

05/28/17

Red River State Recreation Area

Birds & Blooms

06/03/17

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/03/17

Itasca State Park

Take Flight! Spotting Spring Birds

06/04/17

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

06/04/17

Jay Cooke State Park

Early Bird Walk

06/10/17

Big Bog State Recreation Area

National Get Ourdoors Day - Bog Flowers on the Boardwalk

06/10/17

Wild River State Park

Raptors of the Great Lakes Region

06/10/17

McCarthy Beach State Park

Bird Watching Basics

06/10/17

Lake Bemidji State Park

Minnesota Raptors--Live!

06/10/17

Big Stone Lake State Park

Who's living in the Bluebird House??

06/10/17

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/10/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Fast Flyers: Peregrine Falcons

06/11/17

Jay Cooke State Park

Early Bird Walk

06/17/17

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/24/17

Glacial Lakes State Park

BioBlitz

06/24/17

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/25/17

Fort Snelling State Park

Introduction to Birds, Books, and Binoculars

07/01/17

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/08/17

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/15/17

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/22/17

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/22/17

Big Stone Lake State Park

Nature Story and Craft- Nature's Builders

07/29/17

Sibley State Park

LIVE Raptor Program by Audubon Center of the North Woods

07/29/17

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Presenters Under the Pines: Minnesota Raptors with the Nature Connection

07/29/17

Upper Sioux Agency State Park: Visitor Center

Raptors By Family

07/29/17

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

08/05/17

Monson Lake State Park

Birding by i-Phone

08/05/17

Sibley State Park

Birding by i-Phone at Monson Lake State Park: Caravan from Sibley

08/06/17

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

08/06/17

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

08/13/17

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

08/19/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Flying Shadows: Stories of the Raven

08/20/17

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

08/25/17

Fort Ridgely State Park

Owls of Minnesota

08/26/17

Fort Snelling State Park

Birding For Beginners

08/27/17

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

09/02/17 - 09/04/17

Big Stone Lake State Park

Nature Crafts for kids

09/03/17

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

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