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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.

  Savage Fen SNA
 
 

Species


Plants
  great waterleaf

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
  band-winged meadowhawk

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 Kari Miller

Wildlife
  American red squirrel

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 Luciearl

Fungi and Lichens
 

Yellow Morel

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.

     

 

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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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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.

 

Savage Fen SNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

What’s New

 

Recent Uploads
   

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

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

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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

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 photo 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 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.

Cindy Hakala uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod crab spider 7/31/2019.

Leah Starks uploaded 1 photo of common burdock 7/31/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Westwood Hills Nature Center 7/31/2019.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Gray Catbird 7/31/2019.

Deb Mowry uploaded 1 photo of giant swallowtail 7/30/2019.

Jeremy L uploaded 1 photo of lake darner 7/30/2019.

Cathy R uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 7/30/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 4 photos of Hairy Oyster Mushroom 7/29/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 3 photos of slender spreadwing 7/29/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Dyer’s Polypore 7/29/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 4 photos of wood betony 7/29/2019.

Tim Lantz uploaded 1 photo of elm sawfly 7/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of band-winged crane fly 7/27/2019.

Maggie uploaded 1 photo of milkweed tussock moth 7/27/2019.

Joan Crabtree uploaded 1 photo of milkweed tussock moth 7/27/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 2 photos of hermit flower beetle 7/25/2019.

Chris Larson uploaded 3 photos of red-spotted purple 7/25/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 13 photos of bronze jumping spider 8/27–8/29/2018.

Cindy Kuba uploaded 1 photo of thirteen-lined ground squirrel 7/24/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Dyer’s Polypore 7/23/2019.

Kathleen Riley uploaded 2 photos of milkweed tussock moth 7/23/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of common water hemlock 7/23/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of spotted white-cheeked jumping spider 8/27 and 8/29/2018.

Toby Thaler uploaded 1 photo of Banasa stink bug 7/21/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of American Redstart 7/21/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of Baltimore Oriole 7/21/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Belted Kingfisher 7/21/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of thin-spined jumping spider 8/28–8/29/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of thick-spined jumping spider 8/27–8/29/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 11 photos of brilliant jumping spider 8/27–8/29/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 6 photos of bold jumper 8/29/2018.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 video of northern raccoon 7/19/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 2 photos of marsh bluet 7/18/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of yellow birch 7/18/2019.

SaraBug uploaded 2 photos of monarch 7/17/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of yellow birch 7/17/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photos of swamp milkweed 7/17/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of spotted Joe Pye weed 7/17/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of blue vervain 7/17/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of large crane fly (Family Tipulidae) 8/26/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of Canada anemone 7/16/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of northern raccoon 7/16/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of American mink 7/16/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of Cedar Waxwing 7/16/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of American Goldfinch 7/16/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of Eastern Bluebird 7/16/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of Mallard 7/16/2019.

Cynthia Schroeder uploaded 2 photos of European skipper 7/16/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of ebony jewelwing 7/16/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of red admiral 7/16/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo and 1 video of northern raccoon 7/16/2019.

Ms. Perkins uploaded 2 photos of Devil’s Stinkhorn 7/16/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of bald-faced hornet 7/15/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 7/15/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 3 photos of monarch 7/15/2019.

Kari Miller uploaded 1 photo of band-winged meadowhawk 7/16/2019.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of wood frog 7/15/2019.

Laurén D. uploaded 2 photos of red-spotted purple 7/15/2019.

Richard Smaby uploaded 1 photo of red admiral 7/15/2019.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos and 1 video of Turkey Vulture 7/14/2019.

Jason Durnen uploaded 1 photo of northern water snake 7/13/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 10 photos of ferruginous tiger crane fly 8/26/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of band-winged crane fly 8/26/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of crane fly (Tipulomorpha) 8/26/2018.

Roger uploaded 1 photo of a Gray Catbird nest 7/12/2019.

Paula uploaded 1 photo of red milkweed beetle 7/11/2019.

Robb uploaded 1 photo of green frog 7/10/2019.

C Wysocki uploaded 1 photo of red-banded leafhopper 7/10/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of American Goldfinch 7/10/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of Barred Owl 7/10/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of Cooper’s Hawk 7/10/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of Indigo Bunting 7/10/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 2 photod of plains garter snake 7/10/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of clearwing moth (Carmenta ithacae) 8/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of clearwing moth (Carmenta ithacae) 6/23/2018.

James Folden uploaded 2 photos of buffalobur nightshade 7/9/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of butterfly weed 7/9/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo and 1 video of Song Sparrow 7/9/2019.

Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of Pileated Woodpecker 7/9/2019.

Elizabeth A uploaded 1 photo of cecropia moth 7/8/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of yarrow plume moth 8/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Virginia ctenucha 8/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of nomad bee (Nomada sp.) 8/28/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of ursine spurleg lady beetle 8/20/2018.

Jeremy W. uploaded 1 photo of northern catalpa 7/7/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of twelve-spotted skimmer 7/7/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of tall thimbleweed (var. alba) 7/7/2019.

Colin Warren uploaded 1 photo of hummingbird clearwing 7/6/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of black horse fly 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of bald-faced hornet 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of common green darner 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of giant swallowtail 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of hummingbird clearwing 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 2 photos of painted lady 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of American White Pelican 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of Eastern Phoebe 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of Green Heron 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of House Wren 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of Mallard 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 2 photos of Red-tailed Hawk 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of American red squirrel 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of northern raccoon 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 3 photos of red fox 7/5/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 1 photo of thirteen-lined ground squirrel 7/5/2019.

Leah Starks uploaded 1 video of white-marked tussock moth 7/5/2019.

Leah Starks uploaded 1 video of common whitetail 7/5/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of tumbling flower beetle (Mordellina pustulata) 8/20/2018.

Amy E. uploaded 1 photo of cecropia moth 7/4/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of plant bug (Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus) 8/20/2018.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 1 photo of Common Loon 7/3/2019.

Norm & Peg Dibble uploaded 2 photos of cecropia moth 7/2/2019.

Jeff Johnson uploaded 1 photo of polyphemus moth 7/1/2019.

Beth Siverhus uploaded 2 photos of pipevine swallowtail 7/1/2019.

Anne Kane uploaded 1 photo of cecropia moth 7/1/2019.

Leigh49 uploaded 1 photo of white-lined sphinx 7/1/2019.

Rachel uploaded 1 photo of cecropia moth 7/1/2019.

treefrog (Hyla sp.)

muskrat

eastern tiger swallowtail

treefrog (Hyla sp.)

Wild Turkey

monarch

Yellow-headed Blackbird

great black wasp

common green darner

marbled orbweaver

snowberry clearwing

common bladderwort

Aspen Bolete

northern leopard frog

Japanese beetle

painted lady

western honey bee

Hairy Oyster Mushroom

widow skimmer

galium sphinx

Westwood Hills Nature Center

elm sawfly

Dyer’s Polypore

bronze jumping spider

common water hemlock

Banasa stink bug

Baltimore Oriole Nest

thin-spined jumping spider

bold jumper

brilliant jumping spider

swamp milkweed

spotted Joe Pye weed

Canada anemone

northern raccoon

band-winged meadowhawk

wood frog

northern water snake

ferruginous tiger crane fly

Gray Catbird

Barred Owl

butterfly weed

nomad bee (Nomada sp.)

ursine spurleg lady beetle

twelve-spotted skimmer

tall thimbleweed (var. alba)

bald-faced hornet

eastern tiger swallowtail

giant swallowtail

Red-tailed Hawk

red fox

cecropia moth

pipevine swallowtail

   

New Pages

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

7/27/2019

hermit flower beetle

7/26/2019

Dyer’s Polypore

7/25/2019

bronze jumping spider

7/23/2019

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Rengstorf Unit

7/23/2019

spotted white-cheeked jumping spider

7/21/2019

Sand Prairie Wildlife Management & Environmental Education Area

7/20/2019

thin-spined jumping spider

7/18/2019

large crane fly (Tipulidae)

7/13/2019

ferruginous tiger crane fly

7/10/2019

clearwing moth (Carmenta ithacae)

7/9/2019

yellow-collared scape moth

7/8/2019

ursine spurleg lady beetle

7/7/2019

black horse fly

7/6/2019

white-marked tussock moth

7/5/2019

tumbling flower beetle (Mordellina pustulata)

7/4/2019

cereal rye

7/4/2019

plant bug (Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus)

7/2/2019

wasp mantidfly

7/2/2019

Minnesota Praying Mantises
7/1/2019

black damsel bug

 
     

Next Up

1

Lipstick Powderhorn (Cladonia macilenta)

Luciearl

2

black-and-gold bumble bee (Bombus auricomus)

Gerry Garcia

3

Texas leaf-cutter bee (Megachile texana)

Norm & Peg Dibble

4

bronze copper (Lycaena hyllus)

Lynn Rubey

5

reckless jumper (Pelegrina proterva)

Alfredo Colon

6

Felt Horn Lichen (Cladonia phyllophora)

Luciearl

7

great golden digger wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus)

Norm & Peg Dibble

8

simple wave (Scopula junctaria)

Lynn Rubey

9

jumping spider (Family Salticidae)

Alfredo Colon

10

bush katydid (Scudderia spp.)

Luciearl

11

oblong-winged katydid (Amblycorypha oblongifolia)

Norm & Peg Dibble

12

spotted grass moth (Rivula propinqualis)

Alfredo Colon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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