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
     

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.

  great waterleaf
     
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.

  band-winged meadowhawk
    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
 
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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* 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.

 

             
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.

 

Tamarack Nature Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           
What’s New
 
Recent Uploads
 

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of True Tinder Polypore1/15/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of spongy oak apple gall wasp 1/14/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Sinewed Bushy Lichen 1/14/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of unknown damselfly 9/6/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of spotted spreadwing 9/6/2018.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Barred Owl 1/12/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Sinewed Bushy Lichen 1/8/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Bristly Beard Lichen 11/4/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of unknown centipede 6/18/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of unknown milliipede 6/18/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Boreal Oakmoss 1/4/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Smooth Axil-bristle Lichen 1/4/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of northern red oak 1/4/2020.

Anna Lehmicke uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow mud dauber 1/4/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Unknown Lichen #04 1/2/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Unknown Lichen #02 11/4/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Unknown Slug 9/1/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 4 photos of Banning State Park 1/1/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Bottlebrush Frost Lichen 1/1/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Hooded Sunburst Lichen 1/1/2020.


Jessica Marquez uploaded 2 photos of Elm Oyster 12/30/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 7 photos of meadow spittlebug 1/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of leafhopper (Scaphytopius sp.) 1/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of flower longhorn beetle (Brachysomida nigripennis) 11/11/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of geometer moth (Family Geometridae) 9/1/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of speckled alder 12/26/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of armyworm moth 9/1/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 video of regal fritillary 12/24/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 video of red admiral 12/24/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Smooth Axil-bristle Lichen 12/2/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Thin-Walled Maze Polypore 12/22/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of mid-winter boreus 12/22/2019.

Nikki uploaded 1 photo of Pileated Woodpecker 12/22/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Bethune’s pinion 9/1/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 6 photos of large crane fly (Family Tipulidae) 11/10/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of ursula wainscot 9/1/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of speckled green fruitworm moth 9/1/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Philadelphia fleabane 12/13/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Norman’s quaker 9/1/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of white vervain 12/10/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Trembling Phlebia 12/9/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of ragwort stem borer moth 9/1/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of xylenine sallow (Eupsilia sp.) 9/1/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of thimbleberry 12/5/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Hairy Woodpecker 12/3/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Bottlebrush Frost Lichen 12/2/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of Common Greenshield Lichen 12/2/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of scalewort (Frullania spp.) 12/2/2019.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of white-footed mouse 12/2/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of eastern gray squirrel 12/2/2019.

True Tinder Polypore

Barred Owl

Unknown Centipede

Boreal Oakmoss

Smooth Axil-bristle Lichen

Banning State Park

meadow spittlebug

armyworm

large crane fly (Family Tipulidae)

Philadelphia fleabane

thimbleberry

Common Greenshield Lichen

white-footed mouse

eastern gray squirrel

   
New Pages
   
1/17/2020

Boreal Oakmoss

1/16/2020

oak gall wasp (Amphibolips cookii)

1/16/2020

larger empty oak apple wasp

1/15/2020

Unknown Damselflies

1/15/2020

spotted spreadwing

1/11/2020

reversed haploa

1/10/2020

Bristly Beard Lichen

1/8/2020

Unknown Centipedes and Millipedes

1/7/2020

sunflower tortoise beetle

1/2/2020

Unknown Snails and Slugs

1/1/2020

Japanese barberry


12/31/2019

flower longhorn beetle (Brachysomida nigripennis)

12/30/2019

geometer moth (Family Geometridae)

12/30/2019

tall beggarticks

12/28/2019

armyworm moth

12/26/2019

mid-winter boreus

12/23/2019

Lewis flax

12/22/2019

Bethune’s pinion

12/20/2019

water speedwell

12/19/2019

ursula wainscot

12/18/2019

common speedwell

12/16/2019

speckled green fruitworm moth

12/15/2019

spring speedwell

12/13/2019

Norman’s quaker

12/12/2019

dwarf raspberry

12/10/2019

Bottlebrush Frost Lichen

12/9/2019

ragwort stem borer moth

12/8/2019

golden clover

12/7/2019

scalewort (Frullania spp.)

12/7/2019

xylenine sallows (Eupsilia spp.)

12/6/2019

white-footed mouse

12/5/2019

Plum Pocket

12/3/2019

three-lined potato beetle

     
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spiny baskettail (Epitheca spinigera)

John Valo

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leafhopper (Latalus ocellaris)

Alfredo Colon

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hairy honeysuckle (Lonicera hirsuta)

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leafhopper (Penthimia americana)

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American fly honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis)

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Alfredo Colon

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one-sided wintergreen (Orthilia secunda)

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Alfredo Colon

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lupine bug (Megalotomus quinquespinosus)

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Alfredo Colon

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liverleaf wintergreen (Pyrola asarifolia ssp. asarifolia)

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river birch (Betula nigra)

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autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

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Rock Shield Lichen (Xanthoparmelia sp.)

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hairy wood mint (Blephilia hirsuta)

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early buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis)

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

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Robert’s Bird Sanctuary

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