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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.

  Staffanson Prairie
 
 

Species


Plants
  marsh bellflower

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
  giant swallowtail

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 Candice Christensen

Wildlife
  Ruffed Grouse

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 Dan W. Andree

Fungi and Lichens
 

Cort (Cortinarius atkinsonianus)

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.

     

 

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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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Estival Season

 

The estival ecological season corresponds roughly to the the first half of the summer calendar season. In Minnesota, it usually begins about June 15 and ends about August 15. Trees are in full leaf. Birds hatch and raise their offspring.

 

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What’s New

 
Recent Uploads
   

Troy Bauer uploaded 1 photo of camel cricket (Ceuthophilus sp.) 8/17/2018.

Gerald Raley uploaded 3 photos of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/17/2018.

Cassandra Lenhard uploaded 2 photos of Indianpipe 8/16/2018.

Bart Lutton uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 8/16/2018.

Nikota uploaded 1 photo of oil beetle (impressus) 8/16/2018.

Scott Cole uploaded 2 photos of goldenrod soldier beetle 8/15/2018.

Cassandra Lenhard uploaded 1 photo of Russula pulchra 8/15/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Canadian tick-trefoil 8/14/2018.

Scott Cole uploaded 1 video of white-lined sphinx 8/14/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of hunchback bee fly 8/12/2018.

Sherrie uploaded 1 photo of blue vervain (var. hastata) 8/12/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of red milkweed beetle 8/12/2018.

Maggie Pace uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/12/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of acorn plum gall wasp 8/11/2018.

Lei uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/11/2018.

Candy uploaded 1 video of black swallowtail 8/11/2018.

Scott Cole uploaded 2 photos of white-lined sphinx 8/11/2018.

Kris Larson uploaded 2 photos of northern walkingstick 8/11/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of oak leaf gall midge 8/11/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of spongy oak apple gall wasp 8/11/2018.

Chris Mosley uploaded 1 photo of giant swallowtail 8/10/2018.

Christine uploaded 1 photo of potter wasp (Eumenes fraternus) 8/10/2018.

Chris Reiter uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/10/2018.

John Shier uploaded 1 photo of Peck’s skipper 8/10/2018.

Todd uploaded 1 video of white-lined sphinx 8/9/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of American hazel 8/9/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of beaked hazel 8/9/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of round-leaved dogwood 8/9/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of whitetail deer 8/7/2018.

Charity Saxum uploaded 2 photos of white sage 8/6/2018.

Angie F uploaded 2 photos of white-lined sphinx 8/6/2018.

Candice Christensen uploaded 1 photo of giant swallowtail 8/6/2018.

Linda uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/6/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of musk thistle 8/6/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of wild columbine 8/6/2018.

P. Contons uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 8/6/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of swamp milkweed leaf beetle 8/5/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of showy milkweed 8/5/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of western honey bee 8/5/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Indian hemp 8/5/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of wood lily 8/5/2018.

LMG uploaded 3 photos of rusty crayfish 8/4/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Northern Harrier 8/4/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of Culver’s root 8/4/2018.

Jane W uploaded 1 photo of hummingbird clearwing 8/4/2018.

Tim Lindley uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/4/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of northern paper wasp 8/3/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of tricolored bumble bee 8/3/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of harvestman (Phalangium opilio) 8/3/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of leaf-cutter bee (Megachile sp.) 8/2/2018.

LWel uploaded 2 photos of white-lined sphinx 8/2/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of viceroy 8/2/2018.

Holly Potter uploaded 2 videos of American White Pelican 6/29/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of marsh bluet 7/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of northern paper wasp 7/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of horned clubtail 7/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of white-faced meadowhawk 7/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of twelve-spotted skimmer 7/31/2018.

Sierra Cowing uploaded 2 photos of treefrog (Hyla sp.) 7/31/2018.

Shane Fox uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 7/30/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of swamp milkweed leaf beetle 7/29/2018.

Kate Fitzgerald uploaded 1 photo of Belted Kingfisher 7/29/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common sawfly (Macrophya trisyllaba) 7/28/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of redwhisker clammyweed 7/27/2018.

Lonnie Olson uploaded 1 photo of Banasa stink bug 7/27/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of end band net-winged beetle 7/27/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Common Loon 7/25/2018.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of Iowa skipper 7/24/2018.

John Shier uploaded 1 photo of wild indigo duskywing 7/22/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of cocklebur weevil 6/9/2018.

Matt Anderson uploaded 3 photos of eastern tiger swallowtail 7/22/2018.

Michael Supina uploaded 2 photos of great black wasp 7/22/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of northern amber bumble bee on purple prairie clover 7/22/2018.

Chad & Autumn Brekke uploaded 2 photos of pandorus sphinx 7/20/2018.

Cynthia R. Niesen uploaded 2 photos of Chicken of the Woods 7/20/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Hygroscopic Earthstar 7/19/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Black Trumpet 7/19/2018.

LMG uploaded 2 photos of great black wasp 7/18/2018.

Laura Baxley uploaded 2 photos of gray comma 7/17/2018.

Lynda uploaded 1 photo of red-spotted purple 7/17/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of Purple-bloom Russula 7/16/2018.

natureLee uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 7/14/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of rhubarb curculio 6/9/2018.

Lisa uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 7/14/2018.

Laura Baxley uploaded 1 photo of small mocis 7/13/2018.

Laura Baxley uploaded 1 photo of musk thistle 7/13/2018.

Laura Baxley uploaded 1 photo of desert false indigo 7/13/2018.

Laura Baxley uploaded 1 photo of widow skimmer 7/13/2018.

Laura Baxley uploaded 1 photo of twelve-spotted skimmer 7/13/2018.

Laura Baxley uploaded 1 photo of swamp milkweed leaf beetle 7/13/2018.

Laura Baxley uploaded 2 photos of bur oak (var. macrocarpa) 7/13/2018.

Laura Baxley uploaded 2 photos of regal fritillary 7/13/2018.

Laura Baxley uploaded 2 photos of leadplant 7/13/2018.

Laura Baxley uploaded 3 photos of Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie 7/13/2018.

Ken Greshowak uploaded 1 photo of white-lined sphinx 7/12/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of pin cherry 7/11/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of American red squirrel 7/11/2018.

Kate Fitzgerald uploaded 1 photo of Red-headed Woodpecker 7/11/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 video of Eastern Towhee 7/11/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Eastern Towhee 7/10/2018.

Holly uploaded 1 photo of curve-tailed bush katydid 7/8/2018.

Stephanie Segner uploaded 3 photos of Mica Cap 7/5/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of horned clubtail 7/3/2018.

Wanda Stang uploaded 2 photos of Orange-gilled Waxy Cap 7/3/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of ebony jewelwing 7/3/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of treefrog (Hyla sp.) 7/2/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of American toad 7/2/2018.

Mary Nasvik uploaded 1 photo of dung beetle (Scarabaeinae) 7/2/2018.

NASCARLYLE uploaded 1 photo of Blanding’s turtle 7/1/2018.

Kimberly Muenchow uploaded 1 photo of Russula pulchra 7/1/2018.

Evan Holmes uploaded 1 photo of bicolored agapostemon 7/1/2018.

hunchback bee fly

Russula pulchra

Canadian tick-trefoil

red milkweed beetle

black and yellow argiope

northern walkingstick

American hazel

giant swallowtail

musk thistle

northern walkingstick

wood lily

northern paper wasp

harvestman (Phalangium opilio)

viceroy

familiar bluet

horned clubtail

Belted Kingfisher

end band net-winged beetle

eastern tiger swallowtail

Hygroscopic Earthstar

Purple-bloom Russula

gray comma

red-spotted purple

eastern tiger swallowtail

Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie

American red squirrel

Red-headed Woodpecker

six-spotted fishing spider

ebony jewelwing

   

New Pages
8/18/2018

acorn plum gall wasp

8/16/2016

common sawfly (Macrophya trisyllaba)

8/15/2018

rusty crayfish

8/6/2018

leaf-cutter bee (Megachile sp.)

8/4/2018

redwhisker clammyweed

8/4/2018

roughseed clammyweed

8/4/2018

sandyseed clammyweed

7/29/2018

Banasa stink bug

7/27/2018

Iowa skipper

7/26/2018

wild indigo duskywing

7/25/2018

Hygroscopic Earthstar

7/24/2018

small mocis

7/23/2018

cocklebur weevil

7/22/2018

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

7/22/2018

pandorus sphinx

7/21/2018

Purple-bloom Russula

7/20/2018

pin cherry

7/18/2018

rhubarb curculio

7/16/2018

Mica Cap

7/10/2018

six-spotted fishing spider

7/9/2018

bumble bee mimic robber fly (Laphria posticata)

7/8/2018

horned clubtail

7/7/2018

heleomyzid fly (Suillia quinquepunctata)

7/6/2018

red raspberry slime mold

7/6/2018

Slime Molds

7/5/2018

Inky Mushroom

7/4/2018

hispine leaf beetle (Microrhopala xerene)

7/4/2018

virile crayfish

7/4/2018

Crustaceans

7/3/2018

dung beetle (Scarabaeinae)

7/2/2018

ichneumon wasp (Aritranis director)

7/2/2018

banded hairstreak


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