Posts Categorized: wildlife watching

Watch trumpeter swans in Park Rapids, Minnesota

No snow needed for winter birdwatchingIt may be winter, but Minnesota claims excellent bird-watching with the comeback of trumpeter swans. The biggest flock of trumpeters gathers in Monticello along the Mississippi River, but you also can get close to this flock in Park Rapids which is closer to summer nesting areas.  Take a look at… Read more »

Watch bald eagles soar above the Mississippi River

Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick. If you’ve ever wanted to get nose-to-beak with bald eagles and also watch them in the wild, now is the time to hit the Great River Road. The Mississippi River, between Red Wing and down to Winona is one of the best parts of the United States to see this… Read more »

Minnesota’s trumpeter swan season

Swans dancing and prancing at Park Rapids. Photo by Marianne Diericks.  Winter’s the best time to watch trumpeter swans By Lisa Meyers McClintick Photo by Marianne Diericks February ranks as one of the best months for viewing trumpeter swans, one of Minnesota’s most graceful and beautiful creatures. They’ve gathered by the thousands along Mississippi River… Read more »

“Narnia” wonderland on Minnesota sleigh ride

Mark Patten with Duke and Captain at Okontoe’s sleigh rides. Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick. Take a winter ride through lantern-lit forest By Lisa Meyers McClintick Remember the magic of “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” movie as Lucy steps into the hushed winter wonderland of Narnia? We’ve found it here in Minnesota, where… Read more »

Watch bears and wolves in Minnesota

Ginormous Ted, possibly the world’s largest black bear, lives at Ely’sNorth American Bear Center. Here’s a little-known fact: Not only can you watch black bears in the wild in Minnesota, but August is the best time to view them. Why? They’re packing on the pounds for the winter, foraging for enough to get them through… Read more »