Minnesota Bird Watching

Welcome indeed! Whether you are a beginning birder or an avid bird watcher, Minnesota is a great place to wander and wonder. It is an enchanting place-the North Star State. Vast boreal forests, expansive prairies, remote bogs and wetlands, and woodlands galore all add up to some great birding. Minnesota is one of the larger states in the United States-approximately 400 miles long and 250 miles wide. This computes to 86,943 square miles. 86,943 square miles is another way of saying big. Yes, Minnesota is a large state. One county (St. Louis) has more than 6,700 square miles. That's a county that has been super-sized to the dimensions of a state.
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  • Minnesota Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Minnesota Birding Hotspots

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A beautiful snowy owl photographed during the Bird Watcher's Digest Reader Rendezvous in Sax Zim Bog, Minnesota. Photo by Peter Trueblood.

Ten Bird Watching Hotspots in Minnesota

The first thing you will discover about Minnesota is that just about anywhere is a great spot to look at birds. Of course, some places are better than others are and every bird watcher has his or her favorites. Here is a list of 10 places where a person could go to enjoy looking at birds. Will you see a bird at each place? It's guaranteed.
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  • Birds of Minnesota

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Gray jay photo by Cephas / Wikimedia

10 Highlight Birds of Minnesota

There are 427 bird species that have been seen in Minnesota. To narrow Minnesota’s list to 10 birds is difficult, but we have done so. To use an ornithological term to describe these species, they are cool birds. Here are some to look for when you go bird watching in the great states of Minnesota.
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