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

12/16/17

Afton State Park

Women's Walk - Getting Ready for Winter

12/16/17

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Ecology

12/16/17

Wild River State Park

Where Do the Wild Things Go?

12/17/17

Fort Snelling State Park

Animal Skins and Skulls

12/17/17

Afton State Park

Animal Tracks and Signs

12/18/17

Itasca State Park

22nd Annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count

12/28/17

Wild River State Park

Stories by the Stove

12/30/17

Tettegouche State Park

Peregrines in the Park

12/30/17

Lake Carlos State Park

8th Annual Christmas Bird Count

12/30/17

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Fast Flyers: Peregrine Falcons

12/30/17

Wild River State Park

Feathered Feeder Favorites

01/01/18

Sakatah Lake State Park

First Day Hike

01/01/18

Whitewater State Park

Whitewater River Valley Christmas Bird Count

01/01/18

Jay Cooke State Park

First Day Snowshoe Hike

01/06/18

William O'Brien State Park

Let's Snowshoe!

01/13/18

Tettegouche State Park

Baptism River Snowshoe Hike

01/13/18

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Family Snowshoe Hike: Wildlife Survivor - Winter Edition

01/13/18

William O'Brien State Park

Kids Winter Wonderland Program - Animal Tracks!

01/20/18

William O'Brien State Park

Let's Snowshoe!

01/27/18

Tettegouche State Park

Baptism River Snowshoe Hike

02/10/18

Fort Ridgely State Park

Beginner Snowshoe Hike

02/10/18

William O'Brien State Park

Let's Snowshoe!

02/17/18

Big Bog State Recreation Area

Snowshoe Adventure

02/24/18

Fort Snelling State Park

Winter Birding for Beginners

02/25/18

Fort Snelling State Park

All About Bluebirds

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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.