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
 
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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 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
 

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of hairy-banded mining bee 9/25/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of birch catkin bug 8/19/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of long-horned bee (Melissodes sp.) 9/25/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of long-horned bee (Melissodes sp.) 9/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 11 photos of jagged ambush bug (Phymata americana) 9/25/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of locust borer 8/31 and 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of bristle fly (Leskia similis) 8/29/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common scorpionfly (Panorpa sp.) 10/30/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common scorpionfly (Panorpa sp.) 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 8 photos of common scorpionfly (Panorpa sp.) 10/12/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common scorpionfly (Panorpa sp.) 8/14/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common scorpionfly (Panorpa sp.) 8/13/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of black-sided meadow katydid 8/14/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of squash vine borer 8/14/2019 and 8/15/2019.


Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of brown stink bug 1/28/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of four-banded stink bug hunter wasp 8/8/2019 and 8/12/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of leafhopper (Penthimia americana) 1/20/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 1/23/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 13 photos of Tony Schmidt Regional Park 1/23/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 11 photos of Roberts Bird Sanctuary 10/30/2019.

Jim S. uploaded 1 photo of marbled orbweaver 1/22/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of stone centipede (Order Lithobiomorpha) 6/18/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of leafhopper (Latalus ocellaris) 1/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of unknown moth 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of jagged ambush bug (Phymata americana) 9/25/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of podzol mound ant 8/12/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of two-striped grasshopper 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of wedge-shaped beetle (Ripiphorus sp.) 10/20/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Leconte’s haploa 1/20/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Blanding’s turtle 1/20/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger salamander 1/20/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of tri-colored bumble bee 1/19/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of pincushion moss 1/17/2020.

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 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.

hairy-banded mining bee

long-horned bee (Melissodes sp.)

common scorpionfly (Panorpa sp.)

four-banded stink bug hunter wasp

Roberts Bird Sanctuary

marbled orbweaver

leafhopper (Latalus ocellaris)

podzol mound ant

Blanding’s turtle

pincushion moss

True Tinder Polypore

Barred Owl

Boreal Oakmoss

Smooth Axil-bristle Lichen

Banning State Park

   
New Pages
   
2/21/2020

hairy wood mint (Blephilia hirsuta var. hirsuta)

2/19/2020

hairy-banded mining bee

2/18/2020

Minnesota Bacteria, Viruses, and Other Pathogens

2/17/2020

birch catkin bug

2/16/2020

brook trout

2/15/2020

long-horned bee (Melissodes sp.)

2/13/2020

linden wart gall midge

2/12/2020

locust borer

2/11/2020

Thompson County Park

2/11/2020

bristle fly (Leskia similis)

2/10/2020

common scorpionfly (Panorpa sp.)

2/9/2020

Jensen Memorial WMA

2/8/2020

black-sided meadow katydid

2/7/2020

Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park

2/4/2020

American fly honeysuckle

2/3/2020

Springbrook Nature Center

2/3/2020

Minnesota Fishes

2/1/2020

squash vine borer

2/1/2020

Kensington Rune Stone Park


1/31/2020

Neal WMA

1/30/2020

brown stink bug

1/29/2020

four-banded stink bug hunter wasp

1/28/2020

Twin Valley WMA

1/27/2020

leafhopper (Penthimia americana)

1/26/2020

hairy honeysuckle

1/25/2020

Tony Schmidt Regional Park

1/25/2020

Roberts Bird Sanctuary

1/24/2020

pincushion moss

1/22/2020

stone centipede (Order Lithobiomorpha)

1/22/2020

leafhopper (Latalus ocellaris)

1/19/2020

spiny baskettail

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

     
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hangingfly (Bittacus spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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one-sided wintergreen (Orthilia secunda)

John Valo

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eastern hornet fly (Spilomyia longicornis)

Alfredo Colon

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liverleaf wintergreen (Pyrola asarifolia ssp. asarifolia)

John Valo

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four-lined hornet fly (Spilomyia sayi)

Alfredo Colon

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autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

John Valo

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common tan wave (Pleuroprucha insulsaria)

Alfredo Colon

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river birch (Betula nigra)

John Valo

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meadowhawks (Sympetrum spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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early buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis)

John Valo

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aphid (Uroleucon spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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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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buffalo treehopper (Stictocephala spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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garden lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis)

John Valo

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coppery leafhopper (Jikradia olitoria)

Alfredo Colon

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lupine bug (Megalotomus quinquespinosus)

John Valo

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false milkweed bug (Lygaeus turcicus)

Alfredo Colon

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shield-backed bug (Homaemus aeneifrons)

John Valo

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green cone-headed planthopper (Acanalonia conica)

Alfredo Colon

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Rock Shield Lichen (Xanthoparmelia sp.)

John Valo

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leafhopper (Gyponana subgenus Gyponana)

Alfredo Colon

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Dinner Creek SNA

John Valo

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oleander aphid (Aphis nerii)

Alfredo Colon

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Mississippi Oxbow SNA

John Valo

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spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata)

Alfredo Colon

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John Valo

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stink bug (Family Pentatomidae)

Alfredo Colon

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John Valo

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two-striped planthopper (Acanalonia bivittata)

Alfredo Colon

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planthopper (Acanalonia spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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