Winter Activities Guide

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Winter wildlife

Birding in winter

Minnesota winters provide a stunning backdrop to any wildlife viewing. Stop by a Minnesota state park for some great programs on winter birding and how to identify animal tracks in the snow.

Helpful tips


Red squirrel trackNovember/December - Visit the Weaver Bottoms along the Mississippi River and watch thousands of migrating tundra swans en route to North Carolina and Virginia. From there, head south to Whitewater State Park to check for wintering bald eagles.

January/February - Try reading mammal tracks in the snow. You might find tracks for white-tailed deer, red fox, or coyotes. Open water along rivers provides habitat for Canada geese, trumpeter swans, and bald eagles.

Want some more tips? Try these: Nature, wildlife viewing & birding.

Events Calendar

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Hazel Street

Bird watching for Beginners along Brown?s Creek State Trail


Fort Snelling State Park

Sprout About!


Itasca State Park

Circle Time Under the Pines: B is for Blue jays and Birds


Whitewater State Park

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


Afton State Park

Timberdoodle Dance


Afton State Park

Timberdoodle Dance


Afton State Park

We Love Afton State Park!


Wild River State Park

Sounds of Spring Stroll

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Please note: Occasionally, due to extreme weather or poor snow conditions, an event may need to be canceled or changed. When in doubt, call the park.