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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.

  Lake Louise State Park
 
 

Species


Plants
  sharp-lobed hepatica

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

More than 800 plant pages include photos, a description, a multi-sourced distribution map, and a list of sites where the plant has been found.

    Photo by Wayne Rasmussen

Insects and Arachnids
  widow skimmer

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
  American red squirrel

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 Wayne Rasmussen

Fungi and Lichens
  Hen of the Woods

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 Cannon Valley Foraging

 

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 on desktops, laptops, and tablets.

 

Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area - Lawrence Unit

 

 

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Estival Season

 

The estival ecological season corresponds roughly to the the first half of the summer calendar season. In Minnesota, it usually begins about June 15 and ends about August 15. Trees are in full leaf. Birds hatch and raise their offspring.

 

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What’s New

 
Recent Uploads
   

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of eastern chipmunk 6/8/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of American red squirrel 6/8/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of widow skimmer 6/30/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 3 photos of Northern Cardinal 6/8/2016.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of pale green assassin bug 6/26/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Sherburne NWR 6/8/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 3 photos of Great Egret 6/8/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Bufflehead 6/4/2016.

Jill uploaded 1 photo of potter wasp 6/24/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of monarch 6/3/2016.

Beth Chihak uploaded 1 photo of cecropia moth 6/23/2016.

K Justice uploaded 1 photo of Scarlet Tanager 6/23/2016.

Justice Landscaping uploaded 1 photo of metallic green bee 6/3/2016.

Becca uploaded 1 photo of metallic green bee 7/1/2014.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of American red squirrel 6/3/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of American toad 6/3/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of painted turtle 6/3/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of Wild Turkey 6/22/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of sharp-lobed hepatica 6/1/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of wild blue phlox 6/1/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 2 photos of Rice Lake State Park 6/1/2016.

Shelley Taylor uploaded 1 photo of Green Heron 6/21/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of eastern cottontail 6/1/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 4 photos of Pipestone National Monument 6/1/2016.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of Eastern Bluebird chicks 6/17/2016.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of Tree Swallow chicks 6/17/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 2 photos of Grand Portage State Park 6/1/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 2 photos of Gooseberry Falls State Park 6/1/2016.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of mountain death camas 6/17/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 3 photos of Tettegouche State Park 6/1/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 2 photos of Whitewater State Park 6/1/2016.

Marie Hlava uploaded 1 photo of cecropia moth 6/16/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 2 photos of Wild River State Park 6/1/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 3 photos of Temperance River State Park 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Jack-in-the-pulpit 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of large-flowered bellwort 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of spring cress 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of wild blue phlox 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of wild geranium 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 2 photos of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 2 photos of Itasca State Park 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 2 photos of Judge C.R. Magney State Park 5/31/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of Crosby Farm Regional Park 6/12/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 2 photos of Interstate State Park 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 2 photos of George H. Crosby Manitou State Park 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 2 photos of Frontenac State Park 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 2 photos of Cascade River State Park 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 4 photos of Banning State Park 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded a third photo of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge 5/31/2016.

Angee uploaded 1 photo of cecropia moth 6/8/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded a second photo of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Great Blue Heron 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Northern Flicker 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of American toad 6/1/2016.

Angela B. uploaded 2 photos of silky agapostemon 6/6/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of muskrat 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of treefrog 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Great Blue Heron 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Osprey 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of painted turtle 5/31/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of common whitetail 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Green Heron 5/31/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 9 photos of Crosby Farm Regional Park 5/30/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Bald Eagle 5/31/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Scarlet Tanager 5/30/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of prairie spiderwort 5/29/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Brown Thrasher 5/29/2016.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Tree Swallow 5/29/2016.

Krisha Saxon uploaded 2 photos of midland clubtail 5/27/2016.

Joanne uploaded 1 photo of cecropia moth 5/26/2016.

Christa Kluender uploaded 3 photos of Blanding’s turtle 5/24/2016.

Barb Parrish uploaded 1 photo of American highbush cranberry 5/22/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 3 photos of Dryad’s Saddle 5/18/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 3 photos of Laurentian Divide Recreation Area 5/15/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 6 photos of Fort Ridgely State Park 5/15/2016.

Cannon Valley Foraging uploaded 1 photos of Hen of the Woods 5/13/2016.

Dennis Boelter uploaded 4 photos of timber rattlesnake 5/9/2016.

djhenry86 uploaded 1 photo of Pileated Woodpecker 4/15/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of bronzed tiger beetle 4/26/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Prairie Creek Woods SNA 4/24/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of cut-leaved toothwort 4/24/2016.

American red squirrel

pale green assassin bug

Great Egret

American toad

American toad

sharp-lobed hepatica

Eastern Bluebird

Grand Portage State Park

cecropia moth

Temperance River State Park

spring cress

Itasca State Park

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Itasca State Park

Interstate State Park

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park

Banning State Park

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

silky agapostemon

gray treefrog

Green Heron

prairie spiderwort

midland clubtail

American highbush cranberry

Laurentian Divide Recreation Area

Hen of the Woods

Prairie Creek Woods SNA

Pileated Woodpecker

   

New Pages
6/13/2016

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

6/11/2016

nessus sphinx (Amphion floridensis)

6/6/2016

silky agapostemon (Agapostemon sericeus)

6/1/2016

Crosby Farm Regional Park

5/28/2016

Mille Lacs WMA

5/26/2016

muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)

5/20/2016

Laurentian Divide Recreation Area

5/15/2016

Hen of the Woods

5/1/2016

Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)

4/30/2016

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)

4/29/2016

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

4/28/2016

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

4/27/2016

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)

4/26/2016

Wambach WMA

4/26/2016

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)

4/25/2016

blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis)

4/24/2016

Woodland Trails Park

4/14/2016

Expandere WMA

4/8/2016

white-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii)

4/8/2016

Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)

4/2/2016

oil beetle (Meloe impressus)

3/27/2016

celandine (Chelidonium majus)

3/19/2016

Aspen Bolete (Leccinum insigne)

3/12/2016

Stanley Eddy Memorial Park Reserve

3/2/2016

Interstate State Park

3/1/2016

lake darner (Aeshna eremita)

2/27/2016

fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica var. aromatica)

2/18/2016

Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve

2/13/2016

toothed somberwing (Euclidia cuspidea)

2/11/2015

lance-leaf fog-fruit (Phyla lanceolata)

2/8/2016

Badoura Jack Pine Woodland SNA

2/2/2016

northern short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicauda)

1/30/2016

Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica)

1/25/2015

Ritter Farm Park

1/19/2015

European bur-reed (Sparganium emersum)

1/16/2015

American badger (Taxidea taxus)

1/13/2015

cypress spurge (Euphorbia cyparissias)

1/10/2015

Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

1/9/2016

Allegheny monkeyflower (Mimulus ringens var. ringens)

1/6/2016

North Mississippi Regional Park

1/3/2016

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)


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