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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.

  Scenic State Park
 
 

Species


Plants

 

bottle gentian

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 Bill Reynolds

Insects and Arachnids

 

bronzed tiger beetle

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
 
ID Requested

 

Unknown wasp

Wasp paralyzes jumping spider equal to size and tries to carry it away.

I looked at the UofM and the wasp is a type of Sphecid.

 

    Photo by Emily

Wildlife
  eastern tiger salamander

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
  False Tinder 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.

 

 

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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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.

 

Townsend Woods SNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

What’s New

 
Recent Uploads
   

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of bronzed tiger beetle 8/30/2015.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of great blue lobelia (var. siphilitica) 8/30/2015.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod soldier beetle 8/30/2015.

Emily uploaded 3 photos of an unknown wasp needing an ID 8/29/2015.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of greater fringed gentian 8/25/2015.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of bottle gentian 8/25/2015.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Chicken of the Woods 8/22/2015.

Scott Boyle uploaded 3 photos of eastern tiger swallowtail black form female 8/17/2015.

Curran Kulseth uploaded 1 photo of buffalobur nightshade 8/16/2015.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of hitched arches 8/11/2015.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of Lebanon Hills Regional Park 8/11/2015.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of rattlesnake master 8/11/2015.

Scott Boyle uploaded 3 photos of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/10/2015.

Dave Jungst uploaded 1 photo of variegated fritillary 8/7/2015.

Dave Jungst uploaded 1 photo of variegated fritillary 8/7/2015.

Dave Jungst uploaded 3 photos of regal fritillary 8/7/2015.

KMK uploaded 1 photo of great black wasp 8/7/2015.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of curlytop knotweed 7/2/2015.

Rick Freitag uploaded 1 photo of whitespotted sawyer 7/19/2015.

Mark DeBeer uploaded 1 photo of prairie skink 7/17/2015.

Jenny Stevens uploaded 1 photo of common snapping turtle 7/6/2015.

John Shier uploaded 1 photo of little glassywing 7/3/2015.

David Ayer uploaded 1 photo of Joseph A. Tauer Prairie SNA 7/3/2015.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of twelve-spotted skimmer 7/2/2015.

Rose W. uploaded 2 photos of Red Rock Prairie 6/25/2015.

John Shier uploaded 1 photo of hackberry emperor 6/25/2015.

Brian Johnson uploaded 1 photo of dark fishing spider 6/20/2015.

Kate Thomas uploaded 2 photos of Canadian honewort 6/19/2015.

unknown wasp needing an ID

hitched arches

eastern tiger swallowtail

regal fritillary

whitespotted sawyer

common snapping turtle

dark fishing spider


   
New Pages
9/2/2015

False Tinder Fungus (Phellinus igniarius)

9/1/2015

bronzed tiger beetle (Cicindela repanda)

8/30/2015

Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana)

8/29/2015

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)

8/28/2015

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

8/26/2015

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

8/25/2015

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

 

field clover (Trifolium campestre)

8/24/2015

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

 

woodland horsetail (Equisetum sylvaticum)

8/23/2015

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

 

red-seeded dandelion (Taraxacum erythrospermum)

8/22/2015

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

8/21/2015

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)

8/20/2015

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

8/19/2015

blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata)

 

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

8/18/2015

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

8/17/2015

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

 

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

8/14/2015

hitched arches (Melanchra adjuncta)

8/12/2015

live-forever (Hylotelephium telephium)

8/9/2015

white slant-line (Tetracis cachexiata)

 

yellow slant-line (Tetracis crocallata)

8/8/2015

five-lined skink (Plestiodon fasciatus)

8/2/2015

northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon)

8/1/2015

eastern racer (Coluber constrictor)

7/31/2015

dark green bulrush (Scirpus atrovirens)

7/30/2015

smooth sawgrass (Cladium mariscoides)

7/27/2015

milk snake (Lampropeltis triangulum)

7/26/2015

ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus)

 

timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

 

eastern hognose snake (Heterodon platirhinos)

7/22/2015

smooth greensnake (Liochlorophis vernalis)

7/20/2015

gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer)

7/18/2015

American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)

7/16/2015

spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

7/14/2015

Atlantis fritillary (Speyeria atlantis)

7/13/2015

lined snake (Tropidoclonion lineatum)

7/12/2015

redbelly snake (Storeria occipitomaculata)

7/8/2015

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)

7/5/2015

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

 

little glassywing (Pompeius verna)

7/4/2015

Minnesota Butterflies

 

Minnesota Moths

7/1/2015

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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