Minnesota Seasons

           

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.

  Tamarack Nature Center
 
 

Species


Plants
  Louisiana bladderpod

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
  monarch

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 Trisha

Wildlife
  American beaver

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 Kirk Nelson

Fungi and Lichens
 

Jack-o’-Lantern Mushroom

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 Kendra Sommerfeld

 

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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Hibernal Season

 

The hibernal ecological season corresponds to the winter calendar season. In our area it is characterized by cold temperatures, a usually snow-covered landscape, and an absence of migratory bird species. Deciduous trees are bare and fallen leaves begin to decay. Migrating birds have settled in winter habitats. In Minnesota the hibernal season usually begins about December 1 and lasts until about March 1.

Snow Cover
The average date for the first one-inch snow fall in the Twin Cities is November 18. The average date for “permanent snow cover” in the Twin Cities is unknown but is probably mid-December. Permanent snow cover here is defined as at least one centimeter of snow cover that lasts at least one month.

Temperature
On average, cold temperatures arrive in the Twin Cities on December 3. On that date the average high temperature is below freezing.

 

Savage Fen SNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

What’s New

 
Recent Uploads
   

Kakhi uploaded 1 photo of Pileated Woodpecker 1/1/2017.

Randy uploaded 3 photos of Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir 12/31/2016.

Randy uploaded 2 photos of ponderosa pine 12/22/2016.

Randy uploaded 2 photos of bigtooth aspen 12/22/2016.

Randy uploaded 2 photos of red pine 12/22/2016.

Randy uploaded 2 photos of northern red oak 12/22/2016.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of bur oak (var. macrocarpa) 12/22/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of Bald Eagle 12/20/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of bloodroot 12/20/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of American beaver 12/20/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 8 photos of Pilot Knob 12/19/2016.

Rick and Beth Haueter uploaded 1 photo of Pileated Woodpecker 12/20/2016.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Crosby Farm Regional Park 12/19/2016.

Randy uploaded 4 photos of staghorn sumac 12/15/2016.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of northern red oak 12/15/2016.

Randy uploaded 3 photos of blue spruce 12/14/2016.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of American elm 12/12/2016.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of American sycamore 12/12/2016.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of bitternut hickory 12/12/2016.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of bur oak (var. macrocarpa) and black cherry 12/12/2016.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of northern shagbark hickory 12/12/2016.

Trisha uploaded 2 photos of Blue Jay 12/9/2016.

Trisha uploaded 1 photo of Hairy Woodpecker 12/9/2016.

Trisha uploaded 7 photos of Pileated Woodpecker 12/9/2016.

Trisha uploaded 1 photo of Red-bellied Woodpecker 12/9/2016.

Trisha uploaded 19 photos of Baltimore Oriole 12/6/2016.

Trisha uploaded 3 photos of Rose-breasted Grosbeak 12/6/2016.

Trisha uploaded 2 photos of monarch 12/6/2016.

Trisha uploaded 10 photos of Purple Martin 12/6/2016.

Trisha uploaded 2 photos of Eastern Bluebird 12/6/2016.

Trisha uploaded 4 photos of Bald Eagle 12/6/2016.

Trisha uploaded 3 photos of Pileated Woodpecker 12/6/2016.

Randy uploaded 5 photos of northern hackberry 12/5/2016.

Kendra Sommerfeld uploaded 1 photo of Jack-o’-Lantern Mushroom 12/3/2016.

Randy uploaded 3 photos of eastern redcedar 11/30/2016.

Trisha uploaded 1 photo of Pileated Woodpecker 11/30/2016.

Randy uploaded 5 photos of ironwood 11/28/2016.

tlbroll uploaded 1 photo of Pileated Woodpecker 11/25/2016.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of red mulberry 11/18/2016.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of bur oak (var. macrocarpa) 11/16/2016.

Randy uploaded 3 photos of eastern redcedar 11/16/2016.

Randy uploaded 2 photos of northern shagbark hickory 11/16/2016.

Randy uploaded 2 photos of black walnut 11/14/2016.

Randy uploaded 2 photos of European larch 11/14/2016.

Robert Briggs uploaded 3 photos of Queen Anne’s lace 11/9/2016.

Robert Briggs uploaded 1 photo of common tansy 11/8/2016.

Robert Briggs uploaded 2 photos of common yarrow 11/7/2016.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of tamarack 11/7/2016.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of silver maple 11/7/2016.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of northern shagbark hickory 11/7/2016.

Robert Briggs uploaded 1 photo of big bluestem 11/5/2016.

Robert Briggs uploaded 1 photo of bittersweet nightshade 11/5/2016.

Randy uploaded 4 photos of slippery elm 11/6/2016.

Robert Briggs uploaded 1 photo of Turkey Tail 11/5/2016.

Robert Briggs uploaded 2 photos of Oyster Mushroom 11/5/2016.

Robert Briggs uploaded 1 photo of Shaggy Mane 11/4/2016.

AKStern uploaded 1 photo of eastern comma 11/3/2016.

Robert Briggs uploaded 1 photo of crown vetch 11/3/2016.

Robert Briggs uploaded 1 photo of rattlesnake master 11/3/2016.

Robert Briggs uploaded 1 photo of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 10/24/2016.

Robert Briggs uploaded 2 photos of bull thistle 11/3/2016.

Randy uploaded 2 photos of slippery elm 11/2/2016.

red pine

bloodroot

Pilot Knob

blue spruce

American elm

Pileated Woodpecker

monarch

Eastern Bluebird

Jack-o’-Lantern Mushroom

ironwood

European larch

common yarrow

tamarack

Oyster Mushroom

eastern comma

crown vetch

   

New Pages
1/21/2017

Wilson’s Phalarope

1/21/2017

Rusty Blackbird

1/21/2017

Snowy Egret

1/20/2017

Snow Bunting

1/20/2017

Snowy Owl

1/14/2014

northern river otter

1/12/2017

Ruddy Duck

1/9/2017

Herring Gull

1/8/2017

mountain lion

1/8/2017

Blue Grosbeak

1/7/2017

Louisiana bladderpod

1/5/2017

wood turtle

1/4/2017

elk

1/1/2017

Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir

12/30/2016

meadow horsetail

12/26/2016

moose

12/24/2016

ponderosa pine

12/22/2016

Pilot Knob

12/19/2016

Tamarack Nature Center

12/7/2016

blue skullcap

12/3/2016

marsh skullcap

12/1/2016

Brownsville Bluff SNA

11/29/2016

large-fruited black snakeroot

11/27/2016

Canadian black snakeroot

11/27/2016

Canadian black snakeroot (var. canadensis)

11/27/2016

large-leaved black snakeroot

11/25/2016

clustered black snakeroot

11/23/2016

Black Snakeroot Identification Filter

11/23/2016

Maryland black snakeroot

11/22/2016

mustard white

11/15/2016

meadow fritillary

11/5/2016

American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric

11/2/2016

Split Gill


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