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.

  Tamarack Nature Center
 
 
Species
     
Plants
     

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.

  great waterleaf
     
Insects and Arachnids
     

Insects and arachnids found in Minnesota.

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

  band-winged meadowhawk
    Photo by Norm & Peg Dibble
     
Wildlife
     

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.

  American red squirrel
    Photo by Luciearl
     
Fungi and Lichens
     

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.

  Yellow Morel
 
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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Hibernal Season
       

The hibernal ecological season corresponds to the winter calendar season. In our area it is characterized by cold temperatures, a usually snow-covered landscape, and an absence of migratory bird species. Deciduous trees are bare and fallen leaves begin to decay. Migrating birds have settled in winter habitats. In Minnesota the hibernal season usually begins about December 1 and lasts until about March 1.

Snow Cover
The average date for the first one-inch snow fall in the Twin Cities is November 18. The average date for “permanent snow cover” in the Twin Cities is unknown but is probably mid-December. Permanent snow cover here is defined as at least one centimeter of snow cover that lasts at least one month.

Temperature
On average, cold temperatures arrive in the Twin Cities on December 3. On that date the average high temperature is below freezing.

 

Tamarack Nature Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           
What’s New
 
Recent Uploads
 

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Trembling Phlebia 12/9/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of ragwort stem borer moth 9/1/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of xylenine sallow (Eupsilia sp.) 9/1/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of thimbleberry 12/5/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Hairy Woodpecker 12/3/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Bottlebrush Frost Lichen 12/2/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of Common Greenshield Lichen 12/2/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of scalewort (Frullania spp.) 12/2/2019.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of white-footed mouse 12/2/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of eastern gray squirrel 12/2/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of three-lined potato beetle 8/12 and 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common sawfly (Tenthredinidae) 9/1/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod leaf beetle 9/1/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of dog day cicada 11/26/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of dog day cicada 11/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of blackberry looper 9/1/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of brocade moss 11/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of roseslug 9/1/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 11/15/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of asteroid moth 9/1/2018.

Laurie Wachholz uploaded 1 photo of Black-and-white Warbler 11/11/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 11/10/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of stout spanworm moth 9/1/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 11/8/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Hammered Shield Lichen 11/4/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of Unknown Lichens 11/4/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of maple twig borer moth 8/31/2018.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Red-tailed Hawk 11/3/2019.

Siri uploaded 1 photo of ant-mimicking jumping spider 11/1/2019.

thimbleberry

Common Greenshield Lichen

white-footed mouse

eastern gray squirrel

dog day cicada

brocade moss

rose (Rosa sp.)

Red-tailed Hawk

   
New Pages
   
12/10/2019

Bottlebrush Frost Lichen

12/9/2019

ragwort stem borer moth

12/8/2019

golden clover (Trifolium aureum)

12/7/2019

scalewort (Frullania spp.)

12/7/2019

xylenine sallows (Eupsilia spp.)

12/6/2019

white-footed mouse

12/5/2019

Plum Pocket

12/3/2019

three-lined potato beetle

11/29/2019

Elderberry Rust

11/28/2019

goldenrod leaf beetle

11/27/2019

narrow-leaved vervain

11/25/2019

Hammered Shield Lichen

11/25/2019

Unknown Lichens

11/23/2019

blackberry looper

11/20/2019

dwarf ginseng

11/19/2019

false black widow

11/18/2029

goldenrod (Solidago spp.)

11/18/2019

roseslug

11/17/2019

downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesqueanum)

11/17/2019

downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesqueanum var. affine)

11/17/2019

downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesqueanum var. rafinesqueanum)

11/15/2019

brocade moss

11/14/2019

asteroid moth

11/13/2019

purple coneflower (Echinacea spp.)

11/13/2019

tall thistle

11/11/2019

prickly tree clubmoss

11/10/2019

stout spanworm moth

11/9/2019

rose (Rosa spp.)

11/9/2019

elm leafminer

11/8/2019

running clubmoss
11/6/2019

milkweed (Asclepias spp.)

11/5/2019

maple twig borer moth

11/4/2019

western rock jasmine

11/3/2019

fan clubmoss

     
Next Up
     
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dwarf raspberry (Rubus pubescens)

John Valo

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Norman’s quaker (Crocigrapha normani)

Alfredo Colon

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cutleaf waterparsnip (Berula erecta)

John Valo

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speckled green fruitworm (Orthosia hibisci)

Alfredo Colon

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Rock Shield Lichen (Xanthoparmelia sp.)

John Valo

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ursula wainscot (Leucania ursula)

Alfredo Colon

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water speedwell (Veronica catenata)

John Valo

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unknown sawflies

Alfredo Colon

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Robert’s Bird Sanctuary

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