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

09/04/15

Father Hennepin State Park

Trail Walk: Woods, Wings & Wildlife

09/05/15

Tettegouche State Park

Minnesota's Birds of Prey

09/05/15

Father Hennepin State Park

Nature Table: Lore of the Loon

09/06/15

Whitewater State Park

Bird Banding Demonstration

09/06/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Eagles: Rulers of the Sky

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

09/13/15

Itasca State Park

Five Facts in Five Minutes: Talking Bird

09/13/15

Itasca State Park

Jr. Naturalist: For the Love of Birds (and Beaks)

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

Find more events.

 

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