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.

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Helpful tips

Suggestions

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.

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Events Calendar

02/24/18

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Birding for Beginners

02/25/18

Fort Snelling State Park

All About Bluebirds

03/01/18

Jay Cooke State Park

L'il Park PEEPS - Snowshoeing

03/17/18

Itasca State Park

Spring's a Coming! Hike

03/24/18

Afton State Park

All About Bluebirds

04/06/18

Afton State Park

Timberdoodle Dance

04/13/18

Gateway State Trail - 10th St parking

Bird Watching

04/20/18

Brown's Creek State Trail

Bird Walk

04/21/18

Sibley State Park

Full Moon Walk

04/28/18

Itasca State Park

Spring Bird Migration on the North Country Trail

04/28/18

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Spring into Gooseberry

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.