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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.

  Elm Creek Park Reserve
 
 

Species Profiles


Plants

 

prairie ironweed (ssp. fasciculata)

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

 

bald-faced hornet

Insects and arachnids found in Minnesota.

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

 

    Photo by Kirk Nelson

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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Vernal Season

 

The vernal season, also called spring, is the season when visible signs of life return to the landscape after a desolate hibernal (winter) and a mostly barren prevernal (pre-spring) season. Tree buds burst into leaves. Birds establish territories and begin mating and nesting. In Minnesota, the vernal season usually begins about May 1 and ends about June 15.

In the week of April 5, 2015, in the south Twin Cities metro area, maple buds burst, leaving driveways and lawns covered with reddish scales. A week later, on April 15, trees showed a faint flush of green as preformed leaves began emerging. The vernal season (spring) arrived in the south metro area in the week of April 12, 2015.

 

Townsend Woods SNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

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.
 

Recent Uploads
   

Rose W. uploaded 1 photo of Red Rock Prairie 1/1/2015.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 5 photos of Fort Snelling State Park 4/7/2015.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 6 photos of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Long Meadow Lake Unit 3/26/2015.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of prairie deer mouse 3/15/2015.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of bald-faced hornet 3/15/2015.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 3 photos of Wood-Rill SNA 3/1/2015.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of red-tailed flesh fly 2/13/2015.

Katy Chayka uploaded 1 photo of western Jacob's ladder 2/25/2015.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 5 photos of Carver Park Reserve 2/1/2015.

Lynn Connors uploaded 1 photo of Pileated Woodpecker 1/1/2015.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Long Meadow Lake Unit

 

 

 

 

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red-tailed flesh fly

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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