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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)


  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

  plains pocket gopher

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 Kelly Blackledge

Fungi and Lichens

Elm Oyster

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 Kirk Nelson




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Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area - Lawrence Unit













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

Nicky Clark uploaded 1 photo of western conifer seed bug 11/14/2017.

Marsha Cary uploaded 2 photos of Pileated Woodpecker 11/8/2017.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Yellow Fairy Cup Fungus 10/30/2017.

Kelly Blackledge uploaded 1 photo of plains pocket gopher 11/2/2017.

Randy uploaded 3 photos of red pine 10/28/2017.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Elm Oyster 10/27/2017.

Randy uploaded 2 photos of black tupelo 10/24/2017.

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.

western conifer seed bug

plains pocket gopher

Elm Oyster

bigtooth aspen


New Pages

Blazing Star Prairie Addition


Blazing Star Prairie Addition, North Unit


Blazing Star Prairie Addition, South Unit


Yellow Fairy Cup Fungus


Watrous Island SNA


Lawrence Creek SNA


Elm Oyster


white doll’s daisy (var. recognita)


white fir


black tupelo








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