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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.

  Iron Horse Prairie SNA
 
 

 

Iron Horse Prairie SNA
 
 

Species Profiles


Plants

 

red elderberry

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.

 

 
    Photo by Cindy C.

Insects and Arachnids

 

digger bee (Anthophora terminalis)

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 Bill Reynolds

Wildlife
  boreal chorus frog

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.

 

 
    Photo by Bill Reynolds

Fungi and Lichens
  White Jelly Fungus

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 Ted x
 

Wallpapers

 

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

 

Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area - Lawrence Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Serotinal Season

 

The serotinal ecological season corresponds roughly to the the second half of the summer calendar season. In Minnesota, the serotinal season usually begins about August 15 and ends about September 15. Deciduous leaves begin to change color. Young birds reach maturity and join other adult birds preparing for fall migration.

The first signs of the changing season seen by MinnesotaSeasons.com this year came on August 15 at Iron Horse Prairie SNA. A handful of woodbine leaves had turned red. Three days later, at an upland prairie at Whitewater State Park, at least half of the woodbine leaves seen had turned red.

 

Seven Sisters Prairie


           

What’s New

 
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
   

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of digger bee (Anthophora terminalis) 8/28/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Baker Park Reserve 8/26/2014.

Martha O. uploaded 1 video of dog day cicada 8/25/2014.

Martha O. uploaded 5 photos of dog day cicada 8/25/2014.

Rana Thomas uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod soldier beetle 8/22/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of boreal chorus frog 8/6/2014.

Cindy C uploaded 3 photos of red elderberry 8/6/2014.

Phil Wala uploaded 1 photo of giant swallowtail 8/4/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of bull thistle with white corollas 8/1/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of southern blue flag 7/31/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of red milkweed beetle 7/29/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of hunchback bee fly 7/28/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of white admiral 7/22/2014.

Ted x uploaded 1 photo of White Jelly Fungus 7/19/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of Milbert’s tortoiseshell 7/17/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Wild Turkey 7/13/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 7/13/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of Fort Snelling State Park 7/13/2014.

Michelle DeVries uploaded 2 photos of eastern prickly gooseberry 7/12/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow mud dauber 7/4/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of Canada thistle 7/4/2014.

Laurie Grimm uploaded 2 photos of eastern hemlock 6/30/2014.

Laurie Grimm uploaded 1 photo of wood frog 6/30/2014.

Laurie Grimm uploaded 2 photos of Hemlock Ravine SNA 6/30/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of wild oats 6/19/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of prairie blue-eyed grass 6/14/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of northern small yellow lady’s slipper 6/14/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of yellow violet 6/1/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of wild sarsaparilla 6/1/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of common blue violet 6/1/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of western poison ivy 6/1/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of dame’s rocket 6/1/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of crane fly (Tipulomorpha) 6/1/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of common snapping turtle 6/1/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of starry false Solomon’s seal 5/31/2014.

S Shroyer uploaded 2 photos of polyphemus moth 5/30/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of Yellow Morel 5/27/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of downy serviceberry 5/27/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 3 photos of Orchard Oriole 5/26/2014.

Wild Turkey

 

 

 

dog day cicada

 

 

 

 

 

southern blue flag

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Turkey

 

 

 

 

eastern prickly gooseberry

 

 

 

 

Hemlock Ravine SNA

 

 

 

 

northern small yellow lady’s slipper

 

 

 

 

 

Orchard Oriole

 

 

 

 

 

Orchard Oriole

 

 

 
 

Coming Soon

 

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