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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05/12/17 - 05/14/17

St. Croix State Park

Bird Photography Contest, Bird Bonanza 9

05/12/17 - 05/14/17

St. Croix State Park

Birding Marathon, Bird Bonanza 9

09/02/17 - 09/04/17

Big Stone Lake State Park

Nature Crafts for kids

10/14/17 - 10/15/17

Fort Snelling State Park

Introduction to Tracking Workshop

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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.