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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.

  Tiedemann 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.

  round-lobed hepatica
    Photo by Luciearl
     
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.

  white underwing
    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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Species*

* Species pages may represent a species, subspecies, variety, genus, family, or other taxonmomic group, or an unidentified organism. Using the word “taxon” here would be more accurate but less widely understood.

 

 

 

 

 

             
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.

 

Lake Alexander Woods SNA – South Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
What’s New
 
Recent Uploads
 

Susan Gangl uploaded 1 photo of red milkweed beetle 7/4/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Black-billed Cuckoo 7/4/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Bobolink 7/4/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of black swallowtail 7/3/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of American hog peanut 7/2/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Canada lynx 7/1/2020.

Dave Rodestrom uploaded 1 photo of Colorado potato beetle 7/1/2020.


RC uploaded 1 photo of lily-leaved twayblade 6/30/2020.

Gretchen uploaded 2 photos of White Jelly Fungus 6/29/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of buffalo treehoppers (Stictocephala spp.) 10/20/2019.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 4 photos of bobcat 6/26/2020.

Felicia Hunt uploaded 1 video of snowberry clearwing 6/26/2020.

Steve Murray uploaded 1 photo of roundneck sexton beetle 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 4 photos of Eastern Phoebe 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Gray Jay 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Purple Finch 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 2 photos of Red-tailed Hawk 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 6 photos of Ring-billed Gull 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 2 photos of gray treefrog 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of eastern chipmunk 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 5 photos of red fox 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 2 photos of American Goldfinch 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Common Goldeneye 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 6 photos of Common Loon 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 6 photos of Common Merganser 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Common Yellowthroat 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Eastern Bluebird 6/25/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 4 photos of moose 6/25/2020.

Kyle Roggenbuck uploaded 1 photo of flat-backed millipede (Pleuroloma flavipes) 6/24/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 5 photos of white avens 6/24/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of hairy honeysuckle 6/24/2020.

Ron Cram uploaded 2 photos of cecropia moth 6/24/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 10 photos of Hooded Merganser 6/22/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Magnolia Warbler 6/22/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Myrtle Warbler 6/22/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 4 photos of Northern Cardinal 6/22/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photos of Oregon Junco 6/22/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 2 photos of Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6/22/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photos of White-throated Sparrow 6/22/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 6 photos of American Widgeon 6/22/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 6 photos of Canada Goose 6/22/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 6 photos of Common Merganser 6/22/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 6 photos of Spotted Towhee 6/21/2020.

NorthernMNmom uploaded 1 photo of dark fishing spider 6/23/2020.

Wayne Perala uploaded 1 photo of common buckeye 6/23/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of sharp-lobed hepatica 6/23/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 6 photos of Red-breasted Nuthatch 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 4 photos of Red-winged Blackbird 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 5 photos of Ruffed Grouse 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 4 photos of White-breasted Nuthatch 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 7 photos of Wild Turkey 6/20/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of American starflower 6/22/2020.

Nathan Johnson uploaded 1 photo of cecropia moth 6/22/2020.

Jason Halverson uploaded 2 photos of dark fishing spider6/21/2020.

Amanda Ferris uploaded 2 photos of Colorado potato beetle 6/21/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Canada lynx 6/26/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Killdeer 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Long-eared Owl 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Mourning Dove 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 5 photo of Peregrine Falcon 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 5 photo of Pileated Woodpecker 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photo of Red-bellied Woodpecker 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Blue-winged Teal 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Brown Creeper 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 2 photos of Brown-headed Cowbird 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 4 photos of Cedar Waxwing 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Chipping Sparrow 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Common Grackle 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Eastern Screech Owl 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Golden Eagle 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Gray Catbird 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 4 photos of Great Egret 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 2 photos of Great Gray Owl 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 2 photos of Great Horned Owl 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of American Kestrel 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 8 photos of Bald Eagle 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 5 photos of Barred Owl 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Black-and-white Warbler 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 5 photos of Black-capped Chickadee 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Blue Jay 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of painted turtle 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of timber rattlesnake 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Virginia opossum 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 2 photos of American red squirrel 6/20/2020.

Kathy uploaded 1 photo of bold jumper 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 13 photos of gray wolf 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 4 photos of American black bear 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of American mink 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of coyote 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of mountain lion 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 2 photos of moose 6/20/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 6/20/2020.

Holly Clark uploaded 2 photos of wasp mantidfly 6/19/2020.

Jody Johnson uploaded 1 photo of metallic bluish-green cuckoo wasp 6/19/2020.

Fretenstew uploaded 1 photo of green immigrant leaf weevil 6/19/2020.

Jeff Kimbel uploaded 1 photo of Brown Thrasher 6/19/2020.

Ali Kay uploaded 1 photo of cecropia moth 6/19/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Double-crested Cormorant 6/19/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Baltimore Oriole 6/19/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Orchard Oriole 6/19/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of thirteen-lined ground squirrel 6/19/2020

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of common strawberry 6/19/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of fragrant bedstraw 6/18/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of smooth rose 6/18/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Killdeer 6/18/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Double-crested Cormorant 6/18/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 4 photos of American beaver 6/17/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of Chicken of the Woods 6/17/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 2 photos of Trumpeter Swan 6/17/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 6 photos of Wood Duck 6/17/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Common Loon 6/17/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 4 photos of Eastern Bluebird 6/17/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 2 photos of Great Blue Heron 6/17/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Greater Scaup 6/17/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of northern bush-honeysuckle 6/17/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 4 photos of American White Pelican 6/17/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Baltimore Oriole 6/17/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Bufflehead 6/17/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Scarlet Tanager 6/17/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of large crane fly (Family Tipulidae) 6/16/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of treehopper (Cyrtolobus dixianus) 7/17/2018.

Cheryl Esterbrooks uploaded 1 photo of cecropia moth 6/16/2020.

Kristi Wicklund uploaded 1 photo of geometer moth (Xanthotype spp.) 6/16/2020.

Cidne Kozlovski uploaded 1 photo of dog day cicada 6/15/2020.

Benjamin Merk uploaded 1 photo of dark fishing spider 6/11/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 3 photos of Common Nighthawk 6/9/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Eastern Wood-peewee 6/9/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Field Sparrow 6/9/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 4 photos of Killdeer 6/9/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Yellow Warbler 6/9/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of four-spotted skimmer 6/8/2020.

Anthony Soderlund uploaded 1 photo of eastern hognose snake 6/8/2020.

Shawn Kislenger uploaded 2 photos of eyed click beetle 6/7/2020.

Carl Wegener uploaded 1 photo of common ringlet 6/7/2020.

Shay Elam uploaded 3 photos of polyphemus moth 6/7/2020.

Melissa K. uploaded 1 photo of elm sawfly 6/7/2020.

Colin Warren uploaded 1 photo of polyphemus moth 6/6/2020.

Eve Peyton Lawson uploaded 1 photo of Shaggy Mane 6/5/2020.

Jordan Plotz uploaded 4 photos of dark fishing spider 6/4/2020.

Jason Crowson uploaded 3 photos of elm sawfly 6/4/2020.

Zac Davenport uploaded 1 photo of Green Heron 6/4/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of aphid (Uroleucon spp.) 10/20/2019.

Julie Nelson uploaded 1 photo of gray treefrog 6/2/2020.

Marie Erickson uploaded 1 photo of dark fishing spider 6/2/2020.

Black-billed Cuckoo

Canada lynx


Red-tailed Hawk

red fox

Common Loon

moose

white avens

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

American starflower

Mourning Dove

Peregrine Falcon

Chipping Sparrow

Gray Catbird

Great Horned Owl

American Kestrel

Blue Jay

Virginia opossum

gray wolf

American black bear

mountain lion

thirteen-lined ground squirrel

smooth rose

Eastern Bluebird

Great Blue Heron

Scarlet Tanager

large crane fly (Family Tipulidae)

treehopper (Cyrtolobus dixianus)

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Killdeer

four-spotted skimmer

eastern hognose snake

common ringlet

Shaggy Mane

Green Heron

   
New Pages
   
7/5/2020

roundneck sexton beetle

7/4/2020

flat-backed millipede (Pleuroloma flavipes)

7/3/2020

Seneca snakeroot


6/29/2020

Canada lynx

6/29/2020

buffalo treehoppers (Stictocephala spp.)

6/29/2020

Northern Waterthrush

6/28/2020

non-biting midge (Tribe Chironomini)

6/23/2020

ash bead gall mite (Aceria fraxini)

6/17/2020

treehopper (Cyrtolobus dixianus)

6/17/2020

geometer moth (Xanthotype spp.)

6/14/2020

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

6/12/2020

Hudsonian whiteface

6/10/2020

Rockville County Park

6/7/2020

Japanese hedge parsley

6/4/2020

aphid (Uroleucon spp.)

6/3/2020

Lesser Yellowlegs

6/1/2020

inland serviceberry

     
Next Up
     
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metarranthis moth (Metarranthis spp.)

Luciearl
2

least chipmunk (Neotamias minimus)

Lynn Rubey and
Ramona Abrego
3

coppery leafhopper (Jikradia olitoria)

Alfredo Colon

4

Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)

Ramona Abrego
5

grapevine epimenis (Psychomorpha epimenis)

John Valo

6

spiny rose gall wasp (Diplolepis bicolor)

Twogalls
7

American sand wasp (Bembix americana spinolae)

Dan W. Andree
8

narrow-leaved New Jersey tea (Ceanothus herbaceus)

Luciearl
9

false milkweed bug (Lygaeus turcicus)

Alfredo Colon

10

Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus)

Ramona Abrego
11

Smooth Patch (Aleurodiscus oakesii)

John Valo

12

wild calla (Calla palustris)

Luciearl
13

green cone-headed planthopper (Acanalonia conica)

Alfredo Colon

14

Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus)

Ramona Abrego
15

pronghorn clubtail (Gomphus graslinellus)

John Valo

16

stringy stonecrop (Sedum sarmentosum)

Luciearl

17

leafhopper (Gyponana subgenus Gyponana)

Alfredo Colon

18

northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus)

Ramona Abrego
19

lupine bug (Megalotomus quinquespinosus)

John Valo

20

yellow velvet beetle (Lepturobosca chrysocoma)

Luciearl
21

oleander aphid (Aphis nerii)

Alfredo Colon

22

few-nerved cottongrass (Eriophorum chamissonis)

John Valo

23

clustered bellflower (Campanula glomerata)

Luciearl
24

spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata)

Alfredo Colon

25

autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

John Valo

26

awl fly (Coenomyia ferruginea)

Luciearl
27

stink bug (Family Pentatomidae)

Alfredo Colon

28

Rock Shield Lichen (Xanthoparmelia sp.)

John Valo

29

two-striped planthopper (Acanalonia bivittata)

Alfredo Colon

30

river birch (Betula nigra)

John Valo

31

planthopper (Acanalonia spp.)

Alfredo Colon

32

eastern woodland sedge (Carex blanda)

John Valo

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white bear sedge (Carex albursina)

John Valo

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Mead’s sedge (Carex meadii)

John Valo

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shield-backed bug (Homaemus aeneifrons)

John Valo
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hooked buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus var. recurvatus)

John Valo

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cursed crowfoot (Ranunculus sceleratus)
cursed crowfoot (Ranunculus sceleratus var. multifidus)
cursed crowfoot (Ranunculus sceleratus var. sceleratus)

John Valo
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early buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis)

John Valo

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lance-leaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

John Valo

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Leonard’s skullcap (Scutellaria parvula var. missouriensis)

John Valo
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