Winter wildlife

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

Helpful tips


November/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.


05/23/14 - 05/26/14

St. Croix State Park

6th Annual Bird Bonanza Weekend

05/23/14 - 05/26/14

St. Croix State Park

Bird Photography Contest

05/23/14 - 05/26/14

St. Croix State Park

Birding Marathon

06/25/14 - 08/20/14

Glendalough State Park

Wild Wednesdays

06/27/14 - 06/28/14

Glendalough State Park

I Can Camp

07/28/14 - 08/03/14

Jay Cooke State Park

The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Week

08/16/14 - 08/17/14

Lake Carlos State Park

I Can Camp

09/27/14 - 09/28/14

William O'Brien State Park

Voyageur Encampment Weekend

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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.