The Mississippi River starts at Itasca . Their are at least 11 birds , 14 ground animals , and 3 fish . The birds are Loons , Bald Eagles , Evening Grosbeak , White-throated Sparrow , Hummingbirds , Joys , and the Great Blue Herons . The ground animals are the Forest Wolf Spider , the Dragon Fly , the Panted Turtle , the Porcupine , the squirrel , the Frog , the Worm , the Moose , the Deer , the bear , the Wolf , and the Spring Peeper . The Fishes are Walleyes , Trout , and the Pike .
The woods are really really beautiful but the tics are really bad in the summer .
At Itasca State Park you can earn a certificate of achievement and a Patch if you complete a JUNIOR PARK NATURALIST book , and become a Junior Park Naturalist in the Pinelands , Hardwoods , and Prairies . When you complete all three biomes , you will be a Nature Expert and earn a Nature Expert patch . ( Hears a example of the Pinelands patch )