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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.

  Twin Valley 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.

  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
 
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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.

 

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What’s New
 
Recent Uploads
 

LMG uploaded 1 photo of banded argiope 9/19/2019.

Roy G. uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 9/19/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of harvestman (Leiobunum sp.) 9/18/2019.

Mackenzie Rhymes uploaded 1 photo of bold jumper 9/18/2019.

Corey Bol uploaded 5 photos of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/18/2019.

Reba Twito uploaded 1 photo of gray treefrog 9/17/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of multicolored Asian lady beetle 9/17/2018.

S Shroyer uploaded 1 photo and 1 video of northern walkingstick 9/16/2019.

Carrie Olson uploaded 2 photos of Coral Tooth Fungus 9/15/2019.

Carrie Olson uploaded 3 photos of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/15/2019.

Jennifer Boyle uploaded 1 photo of Yellow Fairy Cup Fungus 9/15/2019.

Hannah and Grace Gold uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 9/14/2019.

Anonymous uploaded 1 photo of pink underwing 9/14/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of spotted grass moth 8/31/2018.

Desiray Lawrence uploaded 1 photo of Fly Agaric 9/12/2019.

Amy Chapman uploaded 2 photos of Lobster Mushroom 9/12/2019.

Simone uploaded 1 photo of Giant Puffball 9/11/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of lesser fringed gentian (ssp. virgata) 9/10/2019.

James Towns and Damara Dragun uploaded 3 photos of Crown-tipped Coral 9/9/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of balsam fir 9/9/2019.

Jill Jacobson uploaded 2 photos of Coral Tooth Fungus 9/8/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Kalm’s lobelia 9/8/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Great Plains ladies' tresses 9/8/2019.

Anne Nienaber uploaded 1 photo of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/6/2019.

Christina uploaded 1 photo of prairie skink 9/6/2019.

Kelsey uploaded 1 photo of Shaggy Mane 9/6/2019.

Walter Rudd uploaded 4 photos of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/6/2019.

Dallas Barber uploaded 3 photos of blue-spotted salamander 9/5/2019.

Nicholas O uploaded 1 photo of Giant Puffball 9/5/2019.

Sandra T. uploaded 1 photo of green stink bug 9/5/2019.

Dallas Barber uploaded 3 photos of northern leopard frog 9/5/2019.

Dallas Barber uploaded 4 photos of banded argiope 9/4/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 8 photos of jumping spider (Family Salticidae) 8/27 to 8/29/2019.

Dawn uploaded 1 photo of marbled orbweaver 9/4/2019.

Ron Winterhalter uploaded 1 photo of American spikenard 9/3/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of American beaver 9/3/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 3 photos of Ring-billed Gull 9/3/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 9/2/2019.

Chris uploaded 1 photo of jagged ambush bug 9/2/2019.

BWO uploaded 1 photo of oak flake gall wasp 9/2/2019.

Jill Jacobson uploaded 5 photos of Chicken of the Woods 9/2/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Fly Agaric 9/2/2019.

Bruce L. uploaded 3 photos of io moth 9/1/2019.

Kelsey Spalding uploaded 1 photo of Giant Puffball 9/1/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 3 photos of Jack-o’-Lantern Mushroom 9/1/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of Green Heron 9/1/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of brown-belted bumble bee 9/1/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of spotted touch-me-not 8/31/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of twice-stabbed stink bug 8/31/2019.

Bruce L. uploaded 2 photos of five-lined skink 8/31/2019.

Kylie W uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/31/2019.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 3 photos of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Long Meadow Lake Unit 8/31/2019.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Trumpeter Swan 8/31/2019.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of bald-faced hornet 8/30/2019.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photos of southern blue flag 8/30/2019.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Wild Turkey 8/30/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of painted lady 8/30/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 8/30/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of spined assassin bug 8/30/2019.

Martha Grussing uploaded 1 photo of marbled orbweaver 8/30/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 3 photos of northern leopard frog 8/30/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of treefrog (Hyla sp.) 8/30/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of giant swallowtail 8/30/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of milkweed tussock moth 8/30/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of banded tussock moth 8/29/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of jagged ambush bug (americana) 8/29/2019.

Sarah H. uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/29/2019.

Sarah A. uploaded 1 photo of painted lady 8/29/2019.

Jill Jacobson uploaded 3 photos of Hare’s Foot Inkcap 8/29/2019.

Jill Jacobson uploaded 2 photos of Chicken of the Woods 8/28/2019.

Leigh49 uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/28/2019.

luckysharms913@gmail.com uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/28/2019.

Ryan uploaded 2 photos of White Jelly Fungus 8/28/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Lobster Mushroom 8/28/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common Hentz jumping spider 8/28/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of forage looper moth 8/27/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of black onion fly 8/27/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of northern flower moth 8/27/2019.

Pennie Urban uploaded 1 photo of snowberry clearwing 8/27/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of variegated fritillary 8/26/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of purple loosestrife 8/26/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of shaved horse fly 8/25/2019.

Jill Jacobson uploaded 3 photos of Common Puffball 8/25/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of eastern forktail 8/25/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 6 photos of purple loosestrife 8/25/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of spotted touch-me-not 8/25/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of northern walkingstick 8/25/2019.

Jill Jacobson uploaded 1 photo of Jack-o’-Lantern Mushroom 8/24/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of white underwing 8/23/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 8/23/2019.

Christine S. uploaded 2 photos of dog day cicada 8/23/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common white-cheeked jumping spider 8/29/2018.

Theresa Cullett uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/22/2019.

Mark uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/22/2019.

Lacy Herron uploaded 1 photo of Aspen Bolete 8/21/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Mallard 8/21/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Northern Shoveler 8/21/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 8/21/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 4 photos of prairie onion 8/20/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Belted Kingfisher 8/20/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of dog day cicada 8/20/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Baltimore Oriole 8/20/2019.

Adrian Thompson uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 8/20/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 3 photos of bronze copper 8/9 and 8/19/2019.

Chuck Ward uploaded 1 photo of bald-faced hornet 8/19/2019.

Jim H. uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/18/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of black swallowtail 9/1/2018.

Heidi uploaded 1 photo of cecropia moth 8/17/2019.

Susan C. uploaded 1 photo of elm sawfly 8/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of jagged ambush bug (americana) 8/15/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of harvestman (Leiobunum sp.) 8/14/2019.

Laura Baxley uploaded 2 photos of white-marked tussock moth 8/14/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 4 photos of treefrog (Hyla sp.) 8/14/2019.

Patrick Moran uploaded 1 photo of great black wasp 8/14/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of simple wave 8/13/2019.

Nan Throlson uploaded 1 photo of pink underwing 8/13/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of muskrat 8/13/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Northern Shoveler 8/13/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of yellow-collared scape moth 8/13/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 3 photos of giant robber fly (vertebratus) 8/13/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 2 photos of oblong-winged katydid 8/12/2019.

Bryan Hauschild uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/12/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of jagged ambush bug (americana) 8/12/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of treefrog (Hyla sp.) 8/12/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of great black wasp 8/12/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of wedge-shaped beetle (Ripiphorus sp.) 8/12/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of Mallard 8/12/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Trumpeter Swan 8/12/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Wild Turkey 8/12/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 3 photos of Wood Duck 8/12/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of least skipper 8/12/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of monarch 8/11/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of coral hairstreak 8/11/2019.

Meagan Gardner uploaded 2 photos of Ring-billed Gull 8/10/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of northern leopard frog 8/9/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of monarch 8/9/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 3 photos of Common Nighthawk 8/9/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of common snapping turtle 8/9/2019.

Gardenworld Inc uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/9/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 4 photos of Texas leaf-cutter bee 8/7 and 8/8/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 2 photos of great black wasp 8/8/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of Asian wall jumping spider 8/27 and 8/28/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of common green darner 8/8/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of swamp milkweed leaf beetle 8/8/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of thick-headed fly (Physoconops obscuripennis) 8/8/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of jagged ambush bug (americana) 8/8/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of great golden digger wasp 8/7/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of band-winged meadowhawk 8/7/2019.

Mike Bergquist uploaded 1 photo of hunchback bee fly 8/7/2019.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of black cherry 8/7/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Scudder’s bush katydid 8/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of marbled orbweaver 8/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of snowberry clearwing 8/6/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of common bladderwort 8/6/2019.

Joyside uploaded 1 photo of dog day cicada 8/6/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of painted lady 8/5/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 video of American Goldfinch 8/4/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo and 1 video of Ruby-throated Hummingbird 8/4/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of black-and-gold bumble bee 8/4/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 3 photos of blue dasher 8/4/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of monarch 8/4/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of red admiral 8/4/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of northern crescent 8/4/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 2 photos of Mallard 8/4/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 4 photos and 1 video of eastern pondhawk 8/4/2019.

Christine Schmidt uploaded 2 photos of Aspen Bolete 8/4/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of northern leopard frog 8/4/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 4 photos of Japanese beetle 8/4/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 3 photos and 3 videos of painted lady 8/4/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 3 photos and 1 video of American lady 8/4/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of milkweed tussock moth 8/4/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo and 2 videos of monarch 8/4/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 2 videos of two-spotted bumble bee 8/4/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of western honey bee 8/4/2019.

Rhonda uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/4/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of eastern purple coneflower 8/3/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of band-winged meadowhawk 8/3/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Halloween pennant 8/3/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of widow skimmer 8/3/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of painted lady 8/3/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 4 photos of whitetail deer 8/3/2019.

Ang Marie uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/3/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Felt Horn Lichen 8/2/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Lipstick Powderhorn 8/2/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Green Reindeer Lichen 8/2/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 7 photos of zebra jumper 8/27/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of galium sphinx 8/2/2019.

Lawrence J. Waldhauser uploaded 2 photos of widow skimmer 8/2/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of great spangled fritillary 8/2/2019.

American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric

northern walkingstick

American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric

lesser fringed gentian (ssp. virgata)

balsam fir

Great Plains ladies’ tresses

American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric

banded argiope

American spikenard

io moth

Giant Puffball

Jack-o’-Lantern Mushroom

brown-belted bumble bee

spotted touch-me-not

southern blue flag

painted lady

spined assassin bug

northern leopard frog

treefrog (Hyla sp.)

Chicken of the Woods

Lobster Mushroom

variegated fritillary

purple loosestrife

spotted touch-me-not

white underwing

whitetail deer

prairie onion

bronze copper

cecropia moth

white-marked tussock moth

treefrog (Hyla sp.)

muskrat

eastern tiger swallowtail

treefrog (Hyla sp.)

Wild Turkey

monarch

Yellow-headed Blackbird

great black wasp

common green darner

great golden digger wasp

marbled orbweaver

snowberry clearwing

common bladderwort

Aspen Bolete

northern leopard frog

Japanese beetle

painted lady

black-and-gold bumble bee

western honey bee

galium sphinx

widow skimmer

   
New Pages
9/19/2019

forage looper moth

9/15/2019

blue-spotted salamander

9/14/2019

spotted grass moth

9/13/2019

syrphid fly (Toxomerous geminatus) renamed to eastern calligrapher (Toxomerus geminatus)

9/13/2019

syrphid fly (Pseudodoros clavatus) renamed to four-speckled hover fly (Dioprosopa clavata)

9/10/2019

Comb Tooth (Hericium coralloides) renamed to Coral Tooth Fungus (Hericium coralloides)

9/9/2019

brook lobelia (Lobelia kalmii) renamed to Kalm’s lobelia (Lobelia kalmii)

9/9/2019

Hare’s Foot Inkcap

9/8/2019

black onion fly

9/7/2019

io moth

9/5/2019

shaved horse fly

9/4/2019

jumping spider (Family Salticidae)

9/4/2019

northern flower moth

8/30/2019

oblong-winged katydid

8/29/2019

Scudder’s bush katydid

8/28/2019

common Hentz jumping spider

8/27/2019

simple wave

8/25/2019

great golden digger wasp

8/24/2019

Felt Horn Lichen

8/23/2019

common white-cheeked jumping spider

8/22/2019

bronze copper

8/21/2019

Texas leaf-cutter bee

8/20/2019

black-and-gold bumble bee

8/18/2019

Lipstick Powderhorn

8/10/2019

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Pavia Unit

8/10/2019

Asian wall jumping spider

8/9/2019

galium sphinx

8/8/2019

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Spieker Unit

8/4/2019

Hairy Oyster Mushroom

8/3/2019

zebra jumper

8/3/2019

slender spreadwing

     
Next Up
     
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sweat bee (Subfamily Halictinae)

Luciearl

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Bear’s Head Tooth (Hericium americanum)

Jill Jacobson

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laurel sphinx (Sphinx kalmiae)

Alfredo Colon

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Flame Shield (Pluteus aurantiorugosus)

Maureen Burkle
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Allegheny mound ant (Formica exsectoides)

Dan W. Andree

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Powder-edged Speckled Greenshield (Flavopunctelia soredica)

Luciearl

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Schlaeger’s fruitworm moth (Antaeotricha schlaegeri)

Alfredo Colon

8

American burnweed (Erechtites hieraciifolius var. hieraciifolius)

Luciearl

9

afflicted dagger moth (Acronicta afflicta)

Alfredo Colon

10

Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus)

Luciearl

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American dagger moth (Acronicta americana)

Alfredo Colon

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Golden Coral Fungus (Ramaria aurea)

Luciearl

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common eupithecia (Eupithecia miserulata)

Alfredo Colon

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western tent caterpillar (Malacosoma californica)

Alfredo Colon

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stout spanworm moth (Lycia ursaria)

Alfredo Colon

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asteroid, the (Cucullia asteroides)

Alfredo Colon

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