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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.

  Twin Valley WMA
 
 
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
 
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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.

 

Savage Fen SNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           
What’s New
 
Recent Uploads
 

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of autumn meadowhawk 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 6 photos of blue dasher 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of cherry-faced meadowhawk 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of common green darner 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of common whitetail 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of eastern pondhawk 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of Halloween pennant 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of ruby meadowhawk 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of white-faced meadowhawk 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of widow skimmer 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of treefrog (Hyla sp.) 10/16/2019.

Bonnie Shoebottom uploaded 1 photo of Cooper’s Hawk 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of tortoise beetle (Tribe Cassidini) 9/1/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of pigeon tremex 10/14/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of mourning cloak 9/1/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Pear-shaped Puffball 10/12/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Pear-shaped Puffball 10/11/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common eupithecia 9/1/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Unknown Fungi 8/28/2019.

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

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Yellow-rumped Warbler 10/7/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Purple Jellydisc 10/6/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Eyelash Cup 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 8 photos of banded tussock moth 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of eastern forktail 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of familiar bluet 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of Isabella tiger moth 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 6 photos of milkweed tussock moth 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of monarch 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of silvery checkerspot 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of slender spreadwing 10/6/2019.

Alisa Hornberg uploaded 1 photo of fisher 10/6/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Yellow Fairy Cup Fungus 10/6/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of pigeon tremex 10/4/2019.

Angie uploaded 1 photo of Common Stinkhorn 10/4/2019.

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

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of lesser appleworm moth 8/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of Unknown Moths 8/31/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 3 photos of Turkey Vulture 9/30/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of common winterberry 9/30/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of eastern tailed-blue 9/29/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of giant swallowtail 9/29/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of monarch 9/29/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 7 photos of painted lady 9/29/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of pearl crescent 9/29/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Peck’s skipper 9/29/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of red admiral 9/29/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of Trumpeter Swan 9/29/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of afflicted dagger moth 8/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Eastern Phoebe 9/28/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of American Goldfinch 9/28/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of Chipping Sparrow 9/28/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 7 photos of Mallard 9/28/2019.

Tammy uploaded 2 photos of Indigo Milk Cap 9/28/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of Schlaeger’s fruitworm moth 8/31/2018.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 2 videos of Ruby-throated Hummingbird 9/26/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of black-and-gold bumble bee 9/25/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of brown-belted bumble bee 9/25/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common eastern bumble bee 9/25/2019.

Bob Ford uploaded 1 photo of common green darner 9/25/2019.

Anna uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger salamander 9/25/2019.

Amanda Wilkins uploaded 1 photo of white underwing 9/24/2019.

Mary Edel uploaded 1 photo of great black wasp 9/23/2019.

Mark G. uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 9/22/2019.

KG uploaded 3 photos of Ruby-throated Hummingbird 9/22/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod soldier beetle 9/21/2019.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 3 photos of common winterberry 9/19/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of laurel sphinx 8/31/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of redbelly snake 9/19/2019.

LMG uploaded 1 photo of banded argiope 9/19/2019.

Roy G. uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 9/19/2019.

Anonymous2 uploaded 2 photos of Common Stinkhorn 9/18/2019.

Mackenzie Rhymes uploaded 1 photo of bold jumper 9/18/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of harvestman (Leiobunum sp.) 9/18/2019.

Mackenzie Rhymes uploaded 1 photo of bold jumper 9/18/2019.

Corey Bol uploaded 5 photos of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/18/2019.

Reba Twito uploaded 1 photo of gray treefrog 9/17/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of multicolored Asian lady beetle 9/17/2019.

S Shroyer uploaded 1 photo and 1 video of northern walkingstick 9/16/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Golden Coral Fungus 9/15/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of Birch Polypore 9/15/2019.

Maureen Burkle uploaded 3 photos of Flame Shield 9/15/2019.

Carrie Olson uploaded 2 photos of Coral Tooth Fungus 9/15/2019.

Carrie Olson uploaded 3 photos of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/15/2019.

Jennifer Boyle uploaded 1 photo of Yellow Fairy Cup Fungus 9/15/2019.

Hannah and Grace Gold uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 9/14/2019.

Anonymous uploaded 1 photo of pink underwing 9/14/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of spotted grass moth 8/31/2018.

Desiray Lawrence uploaded 1 photo of Fly Agaric 9/12/2019.

Amy Chapman uploaded 2 photos of Lobster Mushroom 9/12/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of Allegheny mound ant 9/11/2019.

Jill Jacobson uploaded 1 photo of Bear’s Head Tooth 9/11/2019.

Simone uploaded 1 photo of Giant Puffball 9/11/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of lesser fringed gentian (ssp. virgata) 9/10/2019.

James Towns and Damara Dragun uploaded 3 photos of Crown-tipped Coral 9/9/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of balsam fir 9/9/2019.

Jill Jacobson uploaded 2 photos of Coral Tooth Fungus 9/8/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Kalm’s lobelia 9/8/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Great Plains ladies' tresses 9/8/2019.

Anne Nienaber uploaded 1 photo of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/6/2019.

Christina uploaded 1 photo of prairie skink 9/6/2019.

Kelsey uploaded 1 photo of Shaggy Mane 9/6/2019.

Walter Rudd uploaded 4 photos of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/6/2019.

Dallas Barber uploaded 3 photos of blue-spotted salamander 9/5/2019.

Nicholas O uploaded 1 photo of Giant Puffball 9/5/2019.

Sandra T. uploaded 1 photo of green stink bug 9/5/2019.

Dallas Barber uploaded 3 photos of northern leopard frog 9/5/2019.

Dallas Barber uploaded 4 photos of banded argiope 9/4/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 8 photos of jumping spider (Family Salticidae) 8/27 to 8/29/2019.

Dawn uploaded 1 photo of marbled orbweaver 9/4/2019.

Ron Winterhalter uploaded 1 photo of American spikenard 9/3/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of American beaver 9/3/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 3 photos of Ring-billed Gull 9/3/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 9/2/2019.

Chris uploaded 1 photo of jagged ambush bug 9/2/2019.

BWO uploaded 1 photo of oak flake gall wasp 9/2/2019.

Jill Jacobson uploaded 5 photos of Chicken of the Woods 9/2/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Fly Agaric 9/2/2019.

Bruce L. uploaded 3 photos of io moth 9/1/2019.

Kelsey Spalding uploaded 1 photo of Giant Puffball 9/1/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 3 photos of Jack-o’-Lantern Mushroom 9/1/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of Green Heron 9/1/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of brown-belted bumble bee 9/1/2019.

autumn meadowhawk

blue dasher

cherry-faced meadowhawk

treefrog (Hyla sp.)

Purple Jellydisc

Pear-shaped Puffball

Pear-shaped Puffball

Yellow-rumped Warbler

banded tussock moth

familiar bluet

milkweed tussock moth

Common Stinkhorn

common winterberry

giant swallowtail

monarch

painted lady

afflicted dagger moth

Indigo Milk Cap

Pine Bend Bluffs SNA

brown-belted bumble bee

goldenrod soldier beetle

American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric

northern walkingstick

Birch Polypore

Flame Shield

American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric

Bear’s Head Tooth

lesser fringed gentian (ssp. virgata)

balsam fir

Great Plains ladies’ tresses

American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric

banded argiope

American spikenard

io moth

   
New Pages
   
10/19/2019

Minnesota Worms and Leeches

10/16/2019

Purple Jellydisc

10/15//2019

tortoise beetles (Tribe Cassidini)

10/14/2019

western tent caterpillar moth

10/13/2019

shinleaf

10/12/2019

Eyelash Cup

10/11/2019

common eupithecia

10/10/2019

dogbane saucrobotys moth

10/10/2019

pigeon tremex

10/9/2019

Unknown Fungi

10/9/2019

American dagger moth

10/6/2019

lily-leaved twayblade

10/4/2019

Golden Coral Fungus

10/3/2019

lesser appleworm moth

10/3/2019

Unknown Moths

10/2/2019

snakeskin liverwort

10/1/2019

Birch Polypore

9/30/2019

afflicted dagger moth

9/28/2019

American burnweed

9/27/2019

Schlaeger’s fruitworm moth

9/26/2019

Golden Oyster Mushroom

9/26/2019

Powder-edged Speckled Greenshield

9/25/2019

common winterberry

9/24/2019

Allegheny mound ant

9/23/2019

Flame Shield

9/22/2019

laurel sphinx

9/22/2019

Bear’s Head Tooth

9/21/2019

sweat bee (Subfamily Halictinae)

9/19/2019

forage looper moth

9/15/2019

blue-spotted salamander

9/14/2019

spotted grass moth

9/13/2019

syrphid fly (Toxomerous geminatus) renamed to eastern calligrapher (Toxomerus geminatus)

9/13/2019

syrphid fly (Pseudodoros clavatus) renamed to four-speckled hover fly (Dioprosopa clavata)

9/10/2019

Comb Tooth (Hericium coralloides) renamed to Coral Tooth Fungus (Hericium coralloides)

9/9/2019

brook lobelia (Lobelia kalmii) renamed to Kalm’s lobelia (Lobelia kalmii)

9/9/2019

Hare’s Foot Inkcap

9/8/2019

black onion fly

9/7/2019

io moth

9/5/2019

shaved horse fly

9/4/2019

jumping spider (Family Salticidae)

9/4/2019

northern flower moth

     
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nightcrawler

Alfredo Colon

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Sinewed Bushy Lichen (Ramalina americana)

Luciearl
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smeared dagger (Acronicta oblinita)

John Valo
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maple twig borer moth (Proteoteras aesculana)

Alfredo Colon
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western rock jasmine (Androsace occidentalis)

John Valo
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stout spanworm moth (Lycia ursaria)

Alfredo Colon

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three-lined potato beetle (Lema daturaphila)

John Valo, Alfredo Colon
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asteroid, the (Cucullia asteroides)

Alfredo Colon

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downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesqueanum)
downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesqueanum var. affine)
downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesqueanum var. rafinesqueanum)

John Valo
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roseslug sawfly (Endelomyia aethiops)

Alfredo Colon

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narrow-leaved vervain (Verbena simplex)

John Valo
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blackberry looper (Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria)

Alfredo Colon

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tall thistle

John Valo
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goldenrod leaf beetle (Trirhabda canadensis)

Alfredo Colon

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elm leafminer

John Valo
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ragwort stem borer moth (Papaipema insulidens)

Alfredo Colon

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