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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.

  Spring Lake Regional Park
 
 

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
  banded longhorn beetle

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 Alfredo Colon

Wildlife
  Horned Grebe

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 Laurie Wachholz

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.

     

 

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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Vernal Season

 

The vernal season, also called spring, is the season when visible signs of life return to the landscape after a desolate hibernal (winter) and a mostly barren prevernal (pre-spring) season. Tree buds burst into leaves. Birds establish territories and begin mating and nesting. In Minnesota, the vernal season usually begins about May 1 and ends about June 15.

 

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What’s New

 
Recent Uploads
   

Kayla Krizek uploaded 1 photo of Scarlet Tanager 5/20/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Ohio buckeye 5/21/2019.

Alicia Schmidt uploaded 2 photos of American Redstart 5/20/2019.

Chris Coopman uploaded 1 photo of large yellow lady’s slipper 5/20/2019.

Chris Coopman uploaded 1 photo of showy orchis 5/20/2019.

Micheddy uploaded 1 photo of Scarlet Tanager 5/20/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Northern Shoveler 5/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Hooded Sunburst Lichen 8/15/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Star Rosette Lichen 8/15/2018.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 2 photos of Cooper’s Hawk 5/19/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Red-headed Woodpecker 5/18/2019.

James Gordon uploaded 1 photo of a rare Lazuli Bunting 5/17/2019.

Jon Klein uploaded 2 photos of Yellow Warbler 5/17/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 4 photos of Red-winged Blackbird 5/17/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of Baltimore Oriole 5/17/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of Northern Cardinal 5/17/2019.

Jonathan Strandjord uploaded 2 photos of Blue Grosbeak 5/15/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Palm Warbler 5/15/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Devil’s Urn 5/12/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Eastern Kingbird 5/14/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Sora 5/14/2019.

Fr. Jason Houck uploaded 1 photo of Yellow Warbler 5/13/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 4 photos of Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5/12/2019.

James Gordon uploaded 1 photo of Indigo Bunting 5/12/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of Pin-cushion Sunburst Lichen 8/15/2018.

Niga-nab-kwe uploaded 1 photo of Scarlet Tanager 5/11/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of thick-spined jumping spider 8/13/2018.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 2 photos of Baltimore Oriole 5/8/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 2 photos of Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5/6/2019.

Kelsey uploaded 1 photo of water liverwort 4/28/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of longjawed orbweaver (Tetragnatha spp.) 8/12/2018.

Holly Clark uploaded 1 photo of oil beetle (impressus) 4/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of wide ribbon meshweaver 8/12/2018.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Pileated Woodpecker 4/27/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Westwood Hills Nature Center 4/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of splendid dwarf spider 8/12/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of shamrock orbweaver 8/12/2018.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Westwood Hills Nature Center 4/24/2019.

Ron Cram uploaded 1 photo of red admiral 4/23/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 4/21/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of Wild Turkey 4/21/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 4 photos of Westwood Hills Nature Center 4/21/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of reticulated pirate spider 8/12/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of cobweb weaver (Family Theridiidae) 8/12/2018.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 4/19/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of painted turtle 4/19/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Trumpeter Swan 4/19/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 3 photos of Westwood Hills Nature Center 4/19/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 13 photos of Westwood Hills Nature Center 4/18/2019.

Ted Zempel uploaded 1 photo of Bufflehead 4/18/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Trumpeter Swan 4/18/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Canada Goose 4/18/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of crab spider (Mecaphesa spp.) 8/12/2018.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of Canada Goose 4/17/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of dimorphic jumper 8/12/2018.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Song Sparrow 4/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of curled rose sawfly 7/31/2018.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of Minnehaha Regional Park 4/14/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Isabella tiger moth 4/14/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of nomad bee (Nomada sp.) 7/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Ichneumon Wasp (Cosmoconus spp.) 7/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of terminal mummy wasp 7/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of ichneumon wasp (Cratichneumon sp.) 7/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of common sawfly (Tenthredinidae) 7/28/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of soldier beetle (Trypherus frisoni) 8/5/2018.

Marie Hlava uploaded 1 photo of red admiral 4/8/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of eastern forktail 9/6/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of eastern forktail 7/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of white-striped black 8/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of thick-headed fly (Physoconops obscuripennis) 7/23/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of Cinnabar Polypore 4/2/2019.

Ohio buckeye

large yellow lady’s slipper

Hooded Sunburst Lichen

Red-headed Woodpecker

Baltimore Oriole Nest

Devil’s Urn

Eastern Kingbird

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Pin-cushion Sunburst Lichen

thick-spined jumping spider

Pileated Woodpecker

shamrock orbweaver

red admiral

cobweb weaver (Family Theridiidae)

Trumpeter Swan

Canada Goose

Isabella tiger moth

nomad bee (Nomada sp.)

Cinnabar Polypore

   

New Pages
5/20/2019

Hooded Sunburst Lichen

5/19/2019

Lazuli Bunting

5/14/2019

Devil’s Urn

5/13/2019

Pin-cushion Sunburst Lichen

5/11/2019

thick-spined jumping spider

5/8/2019

Wilson’s Warbler

5/5/2019

Palm Warbler

5/1/2019

water liverwort

5/1/2019

common liverwort

4/28/2019

longjawed orbweaver (Tetragnatha spp.)

4/27/2019

wide ribbon meshweaver

4/26/2019

splendid dwarf spider

4/25/2019

summer azure

4/25/2019

shamrock orbweaver

4/23/2019

tuberous Indian plantain

4/22/2019

reticulated pirate spider

4/21/2019

cobweb weaver (Family Theridiidae)

4/19/2019

Westwood Hills Nature Center

4/18/2019

crab spider (Mecaphesa spp.)

4/18/2019

swift crab spider

4/17/2019

dimorphic jumper

4/16/2019

curled rose sawfly

4/15/2019

Minnehaha Regional Park

4/14/2019

Ichneumon Wasp (Cosmoconus spp.)

4/13/2019

terminal mummy wasp

4/10/2019

soldier beetle (Trypherus frisoni)

4/8/2019

eastern forktail

4/7/2019

white-striped black

4/7/2019

thick-headed fly (Physoconops obscuripennis)


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Segmented Worms (Annelids)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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