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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.

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Species Profiles


Plants

 

eastern prickly gooseberry

Native, naturalized, invasive, or simply planted—any plant growing outside of cultivation in Minnesota.

More than 780 plant pages include photos, a description, a multi-sourced distribution map, and a list of sites where the plant has been sighted.

 

 
    Photo by Michelle DeVries

Insects and Arachnids

 

Milbert’s tortoiseshell

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

Wildlife
  Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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 Bill Reynolds

Fungi and Lichens
  White Jelly Fungus

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 Ted x
 

Wallpapers

 

Download free wallpapers (screen backgrounds) featuring photos taken at destinations featured on MinnesotaSeasons.com. The wallpapers are grouped by ecological season. Each wallpaper is optimized for the twelve most often used screen resolutions in 2013 for 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.

 

Estival season at Clear Lake SNA


           

What’s New

 
EDDMapS Location Data Added
   

Distribution maps for plants have been updated to include location data from Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS). “EDDMapS is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species distribution… EDDMapS combines data from other databases and organizations as well as volunteer observations to create a national network of invasive species distribution data.”

EDDMapS lists 394 species in Minnesota. Not all the listed plants are a problem in Minnesota, but all of them are exotic to the U.S. and are listed as a problem somewhere in the U.S. Distribution maps for listed plants that appear on MinnesotaSeasons,com now include EDDSMapS observations.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   

Plant Distribution Maps Updated
   
In May 2013 the Minnesota DNR updated MNTaxa: The State of Minnesota Vascular Plant Checklist. It is now available on the DNR Website. It contains a statewide distribution by county map for each species listed. All plant distribution maps have been updated.  

Russian olive


Recent Uploads
   

Ted x uploaded 1 photo of White Jelly Fungus 7/19/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of Milbert’s tortoiseshell 7/17/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Wild Turkey 7/13/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 7/13/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of Fort Snelling State Park 7/13/2014.

Michelle DeVries uploaded 2 photos of eastern prickly gooseberry 7/12/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow mud dauber 7/4/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of Canada thistle 7/4/2014.

Laurie Grimm uploaded 2 photos of eastern hemlock 6/30/2014.

Laurie Grimm uploaded 1 photo of wood frog 6/30/2014.

Laurie Grimm uploaded 2 photos of Hemlock Ravine SNA 6/30/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of wild oats 6/19/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of prairie blue-eyed grass 6/14/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of northern small yellow lady’s slipper 6/14/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of yellow violet 6/1/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of wild sarsaparilla 6/1/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of common blue violet 6/1/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of western poison ivy 6/1/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of dame’s rocket 6/1/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of crane fly (Tipulomorpha) 6/1/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of common snapping turtle 6/1/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of starry false Solomon’s seal 5/31/2014.

S Shroyer uploaded 2 photos of polyphemus moth 5/30/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of Yellow Morel 5/27/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of downy serviceberry 5/27/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 3 photos of Orchard Oriole 5/26/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of a Common Grackle 5/24/2014.

Darren uploaded 1 photo of a northern prairie skink 5/23/2014.

8285411082 uploaded 1 photo of a harvestman 5/23/2014.

Anne Sundal uploaded 1 photo of wild oats 5/21/2014.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of a Solitary Sandpiper 5/9/2014.

David L. Corgard uploaded 4 photos of nursery web spider 5/4/2014.

Mike Bezdicek uploaded 1 photo of Scarlet Cup 5/2/2014.

Mike Bezdicek uploaded 1 photo of Scarlet Cup 4/30/2014.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of yellow marsh marigold 4/29/2014.

Kirk Nelson shared 1 video link of Cannon River Wilderness Area 4/29/2014.

Wild Turkey

 

 

 

 

eastern prickly gooseberry

 

 

 

 

Hemlock Ravine SNA

 

 

 

 

northern small yellow lady’s slipper

 

 

 

 

 

Orchard Oriole

 

 

 

 

 

Orchard Oriole

 

 

 

 

northern prairie skink

 

 

 

growing wild in our woodland garden

 

 

 

 

 

nursery web spider

 

 

 
 

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Tabbed pages, light boxes, and videos on all plant pages


 


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