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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.

  Crystal Lake (Burnsville)
 
 

Species


Plants
  white doll’s daisy (var. recognita)

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.

     

Insects and Arachnids
  painted lady

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
  eastern chipmunk

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 Margot Avey

Fungi and Lichens
 

Crown-tipped Coral

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 Janet G.

 

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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Autumnal Season

 

The autumnal ecological season, called fall in North America but autumn elsewhere, needs no explanation. It is that time when the landscape transitions from summer to winter. It follows the serotinal season (late summer) when leaves of deciduous trees and many forbs and grasses begin to change color, and precedes the the usually snow-blanketed hibernal season (winter). In Minnesota, the Autumnal season usually begins about September 15 and ends about November 1. In the Twin Cities metro area it typically arrives late September to early (north metro) to mid- (south metro) October. Deciduous leaves are in full fall color then turn brown and fall to the ground. Birds migrate back to wintering areas.

The advance of the season can be watched on the Minnesota DNR's Fall Color Finder Web page. The map displayed there is updated daily. The Autumnal season has arrived in those areas colored red (75–100%) and dark brown (past peak). The northwest corner is the first area in Minnesota to see peak fall colors each year.

 

Sheepberry Fen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

What’s New

 
Recent Uploads
   

Craig & Cheryl Olson uploaded 1 photo of marbled orbweaver 10/23/2017.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of bigtooth aspen 10/14/2017.

Dustin Hancock uploaded 3 photos of British Soldiers 10/13/2017.

Randy uploaded 3 photos of northern shagbark hickory 10/8/2017.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of northern red oak 10/8/2017.

Janet G. uploaded 1 photo of Crown-tipped Coral 10/6/2017.

Randy uploaded 3 photos of white fir 10/3/2017.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of white doll’s daisy (var. recognita) 10/1/2017.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 3 photos of Whitetail Woods Regional Park 10/1/2017.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 3 photos of New England aster 9/30/2017.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of white fir 9/29/2017.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of black tupelo 9/29/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Peck’s skipper 9/29/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of American Goldfinch 9/28/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Sharp-scaly Pholiota 9/25/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of monarch 9/25/2017.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Aborted Entoloma 9/24/2017.

Nicole Vasquez uploaded 1 photo of white underwing 9/22/2017.

Randy uploaded 2 photos of a Bald Eagle nest 9/24/2017.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of tamarack 9/24/2017.

Nanook uploaded 1 photo of painted lady 9/21/2017.

Nicole Vasquez uploaded 1 photo of white-lined sphinx 9/20/2017.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of greater black-letter dart 9/19/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Comb Tooth 9/19/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Bald Eagle 9/19/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Eastern Bluebird 9/19/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of a molting Northern Cardinal 9/19/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Ring-billed Gull 9/19/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of northern leopard frog 9/19/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 9/19/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of painted lady 9/19/2017.

Nicole Vasquez uploaded 2 photos of Milbert’s tortoiseshell 9/19/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of eastern chipmunk 9/19/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod soldier beetle 9/19/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Japanese beetle 9/19/2017.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of large milkweed bug 9/19/2017.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 3 photos of golden borer 9/15/2017.

Anne uploaded 2 photos of painted lady 9/14/2017.

M.j. Horgan uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick to Minnesotaseasons.com on Facebook 9/13/2017.

Keith Granby uploaded 1 photo of smooth greensnake 9/12/2017.

John Teske uploaded 1 photo of silky agapostemon 9/11/2017.

Susan uploaded 2 photos of painted lady 9/11/2017.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of northern leopard frog 9/11/2017.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Purple-gilled Laccaria 9/10/2017.

Jacquelin Boekhoff uploaded 2 photos of Wrinkled Peach 9/8/2017.

Kathy Johnson uploaded 1 photo of painted lady 9/7/2017.

Loni Gradick uploaded 1 photo of painted lady 9/6/2017.

Faith Ann uploaded 1 photo of painted lady 9/6/2017.

Lora Nathan Homuth uploaded 1 photo of painted lady 9/6/2017.

Robin uploaded 1 photo of Honey Mushroom 9/5/2017.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Orange Peel Fungus 9/4/2017.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Lebanon Hills Regional Park 9/4/2017.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of gray treefrog 9/4/2017.

Sherry Wurtz uploaded 1 photo of Artist’s Conk 9/4/2017.

Nancy Herfert uploaded 2 photos of black saddlebags 9/3/2017.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of downy yellowjacket 9/1/2017.

L uploaded 1 photo of oil beetle (Meloe impressus) 9/2/2017.

Lori uploaded 1 photo of White-Pored Chicken of the Woods 9/1/2017.

bigtooth aspen

white fir

New England aster

white underwing

greater black-letter dart

painted lady

Milbert's tortoiseshell

eastern chipmunk

northern walkingstick

Purple-gilled Laccaria

painted lady

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

downy yellowjacket

oil beetle

   

New Pages
10/7/2017

white doll’s daisy (var. recognita)

10/3/2017

white fir

10/3/2017

black tupelo

9/28/2017

Sharp-scaly Pholiota

9/26/2017

Aborted Entoloma

9/24/2017

white underwing

9/24/2017

greater black-letter dart

9/22/2017

Comb Tooth

9/19/2017

northern walkingstick
9/17/2017

golden borer

9/16/2017

Purple-gilled Laccaria

9/9/2017

Black Vulture

9/9/2017

Orange Peel Fungus

9/7/2017

black saddlebags

9/6/2017

downy yellowjacket

9/4/2017

metallic bluish-green cuckoo wasp

9/3/2017

White-Pored Chicken of the Woods

9/2/2017

eight-toothed cuckoo leaf-cutter bee


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decurrent false aster (Boltonia decurrens)

white doll’s daisy (Boltonia asteroides)

white doll’s daisy (Boltonia asteroides var. latisquama)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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