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!

Park-specific bird checklists
Parks with free loaner birding kits
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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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05/29/16

Whitewater State Park

Roadkill Cafe: Turkey Vultures

05/29/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

All About Birds: Nature Tent

05/29/16

Wild River State Park

Bizarre Bird Behaviors

05/29/16

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Trail Walk: Woods, Wings & Wildlife

05/29/16

Lake Carlos State Park

Bald Eagle Walk

05/30/16

Wild River State Park

Birding for Beginners

05/30/16

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Lore of the Loon

06/04/16

Itasca State Park: Meet inside the lobby of Douglas Lodge.

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

06/04/16

Sibley State Park

Geocache 101

06/05/16

St. Croix State Park

Birding for Beginners

06/09/16

Jay Cooke State Park

Nature Play - Spying on Birds

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

06/11/16

Fort Snelling State Park

Women in the Parks: Birdwatching Basics

06/11/16

Sibley State Park

Woodland Wildlife Trail Hike

06/11/16

Sibley State Park

Geocaching 101

06/12/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Yoga under the Pines

06/12/16

Hayes Lake State Park

Birdwatching Basics

06/17/16

Sibley State Park

Become Fluent in Loon

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

06/18/16

Sibley State Park

Parker-Fremberg Trail Hike

06/20/16

Interstate State Park

Little Explorers: H is for Hummingbird

06/24/16

Sibley State Park

Geocaching 101

06/25/16

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Mighty Moths

06/25/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/25/16

Fort Snelling State Park

Birds, Books, and Binoculars

07/02/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/03/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Yoga under the Pines

07/08/16

Sibley State Park

Become Fluent in Loon

07/09/16

Whitewater State Park

Live Eagle Program

07/09/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/10/16

Itasca State Park: Meet inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center classroom

Unraveling Mysteries of the Common Loon with Kevin Kenow, Itasca's Presenters Under the Pines Series

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

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

07/24/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Yoga under the Pines

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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This program is made possible by funds from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.