Keep a watchful eye.
Birders flock to the Twin Cities to observe different species in their natural habitats. The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington and the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary within Theodore Wirth Regional Park are just a couple birding hot spots in the Twin Cities.
Learn more about the birds of Minnesota here.
Well known for its more than 200 campsites, Baker Park offers nearly 3,000 acres of natural landscape on the shores of Lake Independence in Maple Plain.
Grab your binoculars, camera and walking stick and head out to these parks and reserves for birding in the Twin Cities during spring migration.
Located on the northern shore of Medicine Lake in Plymouth, 310 acres of woods and lake habitat see yellow warblers, ring-necked pheasants, great blue herons, red-tailed hawks and other varieties of waterfowl.
Home to upwards of 500 plant species and 130 bird species, it’s no wonder why this natural oasis receives around 60,000 visitors every year.
It’s not just a history buff haven. Fort Snelling State Park is home to extensive hiking, bike and cross-country ski trails that connect with Minnehaha Falls Regional Park and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Visit Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota's seventh largest park for more than 50 trails of hiking, gorgeous views of the St. Louis River and more.
Its 14,000 acres will help you enjoy nature throughout all four seasons.
Established in 1976 to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl, fish and other wildlife species, the refuge is part of a corridor of land and water stretching nearly 70 miles along the Minnesota River.
One of the last remnants of a huge stretch of forest, Nerstrand provides the perfect quick trip away from the cities.
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