Minnesota Seasons

           

Destinations

 

These are locations in Minnesota where native plants, birds, and other wildlife can be viewed. With very few exceptions, these destinations are open to the public.

Visitors can share their own photos, videos, plant and wildlife sightings, and other observations.

  Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Long Meadow Lake Unit
 
 
 

Species Profiles


Plants

 

eastern purple coneflower

Native, naturalized, invasive, or simply planted—any plant growing outside of cultivation in Minnesota.

More than 780 plant pages include photos, a description, a multi-sourced distribution map, and a list of sites where the plant has been sighted.


Insects and Arachnids

 

ebony jewelwing

Insects and arachnids found in Minnesota.

Species pages include photos, a description, a list of sightings by MinnesotaSeasons.com, visitor sightings, and distribution maps.

 


Wildlife
  Texas brown snake

Birds and bears, snakes and squirrels, toads and turtles—wildlife found in Minnesota.

Wildlife pages include photos, a description, and a list of sightings, as well as distribution maps for amphibians, mammals, and reptiles.


Fungi and Lichens
  Purple-spored Puffball

Lichens, mushrooms, and other fungi found in Minnesota.

Fungi and lichen pages include photos, a description, a list of sightings by MinnesotaSeasons.com, visitor sightings, and distribution maps.

 

    Photo by James Folden
 

Wallpapers

 

Download free high resolution wallpapers (screen backgrounds). These are photos of destinations featured on MinnesotaSeasons.com. The wallpapers are grouped by ecological season. Each wallpaper is optimized for the screen resolutions used most often in 2014 on desktops, laptops, and tablets.

 

Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area - Lawrence Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Autumnal Season

 

The autumnal ecological season, called fall in North America but autumn elsewhere, needs no explanation. It is that time when the landscape transitions from summer to winter. It follows the serotinal season (late summer) when leaves of deciduous trees and many forbs and grasses begin to change color, and precedes the the usually snow-blanketed hibernal season (winter). In Minnesota, the Autumnal season usually begins about September 15 and ends about November 1. Deciduous leaves are in full fall color then turn brown and fall to the ground. Birds migrate back to wintering areas.

The advance of the season can be watched on the Minnesota DNR's Fall Colors Web page. The map displayed there is updated daily. The Autumnal season has arrived in those areas colored red (75–100%) and dark brown (past peak). In 2014, the Autumnal season slowly crept down the state, reaching the northwest metro area on October 1, two weeks earlier than in 2013. The first light frost of the year in the south metro area was October 5. A light frost occurs when the temperature falls to 28° to 32°. On that day the temperature dropped to 30.2° and a rime formed on rooftops before sunrise.

 

Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

What’s New

 
MinnesotaSeasons.com Redesign Completed
   

After almost nine months the redesign of MinnesotaSeasons.com was finally completed on October 10, 2014.

  • All species and destination pages are now tabbed, reducing page length and allowing the visitor to focus on their interest.
  • Thumbnail images have been replaced with much larger preview images.
  • Full size photos are now presented in a light box, not on a separate page.
  • A new Video tab has been added to every species and destination page. The embedded videos are from YouTube, from other sources, and from visitors to MinnesotaSeasons.com (you).
  • A slide show has been added to every destination page.
  • All species pages now include IUCN Conservation status and NatureServe Conservation status.
  • All plant pages also include wetland indicator status, if assigned; and weed status, if appropriate.
  • All species and destination pages include links to allow visitors (you) to upload photos, videos, species sightings, and observations.
 

EDDMapS Location Data Added
   

Distribution maps for plants have been updated to include location data from Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS). “EDDMapS is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species distribution… EDDMapS combines data from other databases and organizations as well as volunteer observations to create a national network of invasive species distribution data.”

EDDMapS lists 394 species in Minnesota. Not all the listed plants are a problem in Minnesota, but all of them are exotic to the U.S. and are listed as a problem somewhere in the U.S. Distribution maps for listed plants that appear on MinnesotaSeasons,com now include EDDSMapS observations.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   

Plant Distribution Maps Updated
   
In May 2013 the Minnesota DNR updated MNTaxa: The State of Minnesota Vascular Plant Checklist. It is now available on the DNR Website. It contains a statewide distribution by county map for each species listed. All plant distribution maps on MinnesotaSeasons.com have been updated with this new information.  

Russian olive


Recent Uploads
   

Kirk Nelson uploaded 3 photos of barn spider 11/7/2014.

James Folden uploaded 2 photos of Purple-spored Puffball 11/3/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 4 photos of Hyland Lake Park Reserve 11/2/2014.

Pamela Freeman uploaded 1 photo of Blanding’s turtle 10/29/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of maculated dung beetle 10/14/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of northern paper wasp 10/18/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of northern paper wasp 10/13/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of eastern yellowjacket 10/13/2014.

Brian Johnson uploaded 1 photo of western fox snake 10/13/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 4 photos of Lake Elmo Park Reserve 10/12/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of German yellowjacket 10/3/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 3 photos of camel cricket (Ceuthophilus sp.) 10/1/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of syrphid fly (Pseudodoros clavatus) 9/27/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of Virginia ctenucha 9/24/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of common green bottle fly 9/24/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of woolly bear caterpillar 9/22/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of clouded sulphur 9/22/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 3 photos of winter firefly 9/20/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 5 photos of Crow-Hassan Park Reserve 9/18/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of American bittersweet 9/18/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of common eastern bumble bee 9/18/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of square-headed wasp (Crabroninae) 9/17/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of white snakeroot 9/14/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of Blue Ridge carrionflower 9/11/2014.

wityman uploaded 1 photo of Chicken of the Woods 9/8/2014.

Gracie14055@aol.com uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod soldier beetle 9/7/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 7 photos of Lost Valley Prairie SNA 9/7/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of purple-stem beggarticks 9/6/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 3 photos of northern leopard frog 9/5/2014.

Jeff Lindbom uploaded 2 photos of Northern Tooth 9/1/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of cockspur hawthorn 9/1/2014.

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

 

 

 

 

northern paper wasp

 

 

 

 

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

 

 

 

 

camel cricket (Ceuthophilus sp.)

 

 

 

 

Isabella tiger moth

 

 

 

 

square-headed wasp (Crabroninae)

 

 

 

 

 

white snakeroot

 

 

 

 

northern leopard frog

 

 


 


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