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.

  Seven Mile Creek County Park
 
 
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 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.

 

             
Vernal Season
       

The vernal season, also called spring, is the season when visible signs of life return to the landscape after a desolate hibernal (winter) and a mostly barren prevernal (pre-spring) season. Tree buds burst into leaves. Birds establish territories and begin mating and nesting. In Minnesota, the vernal season usually begins about May 1 and ends about June 15.

 

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
What’s New
 
Recent Uploads
 

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

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


Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of limber honeysuckle 5/30/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of whitespotted sawyer 5/30/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of whitespotted sawyer 5/28/2020.

Lisa Germann uploaded 1 photo of white slant-line 5/29/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Lebanon Hills Regional Park 5/28/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of common garter snake 5/28/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 3 photos of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Long Meadow Lake Unit 5/27/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of nodding bur marigold 5/27/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Greek valerian 5/27/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 3 photos of Wild Turkey 5/27/2020.

Anonymous 3 uploaded 1 photo of dark fishing spider 5/27/2020.

Holly Jessen uploaded 1 photo of pale green assassin bug 5/27/2020.

Jamie Miller uploaded 1 photo of dark fishing spider 5/26/2020.

Sarah Boeka uploaded 1 photo of lime nail gall mite 5/26/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of common blue violet 5/26/2020.

James, Grant, and Aubrey Moldaschel uploaded 4 photos of five-lined skink 5/26/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Canada mayflower 5/25/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of bastard toadflax (ssp. umbellata) 5/24/2020.

Mike G uploaded 1 photo of polyphemus moth 5/24/2020.

B. Leppink uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 5/23/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Virginia ctenucha 5/23/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of wild ginger 5/23/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of tricolored bumble bee 5/23/2020.

Kberns uploaded 1 photo of jack-in-the-pulpit 5/23/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of Upland Sandpiper 5/23/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common tan wave 10/6/2019.

Keith Miller uploaded 1 photo of polyphemus moth 5/20/2020.

Alicia Schmidt uploaded 2 photos of Scarlet Tanager 5/20/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Double-crested Cormorant 5/20/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Belted Kingfisher 5/20/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Solitary Sandpiper 5/19/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 4 photos of Spotted Sandpiper 5/19/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 3 photos of Short-billed Dowitcher 5/19/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Caspian Tern 5/19/2020.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Wood Duck 5/19/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Marbled Godwit 5/18/2020.

Eastern Hog Nosebleed uploaded 3 photos of eastern hognose snake 5/17/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of white baneberry 5/17/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 6 photos of inland serviceberry 5/16/2020.

Jodi Magnuson uploaded 1 photo of polyphemus moth 5/16/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Wilson’s Snipe 5/15/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of Ruffed Grouse 5/15/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of American Goldfinch 5/14/2020.

Aleesha Saul uploaded 1 photo of Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5/14/2020.

Deb Minkkinen uploaded 1 photo of Brown Thrasher 5/14/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of unknown millipede 5/11/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Common Loon 5/11/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of Ruffed Grouse 5/11/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of wolf’s milk slime mold 5/9/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of False Morel 5/9/2020.

Dean Pryor uploaded 1 photo of eastern false rue anemone 5/9/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of common garter snake 5/8/2020.

Ed Frickson uploaded 1 photo of sumac flea beetle 5/6/2020.

Laurie Wachholz uploaded 1 photo of Canada Warbler 5/5/2020.

Laurie Wachholz uploaded 1 photo of Chestnut-sided Warbler 5/5/2020.

Laurie Wachholz uploaded 1 photo of Eastern Wood-peewee 5/5/2020.

Laurie Wachholz uploaded 1 photo of Golden-crowned Kinglet 5/5/2020.

Laurie Wachholz uploaded 1 photo of Hermit Thrush 5/5/2020.

Laurie Wachholz uploaded 1 photo of Sharp-shinned Hawk 5/5/2020.

Laurie Wachholz uploaded 1 photo of Vesper Sparrow 5/5/2020.

Heidi Wahl uploaded 1 photo of Harris’s Sparrow 5/5/2020.

Barney uploaded 1 photo of tricolored bumble bee 5/5/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Devil’s Urn 5/5/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of four-lined hornet fly 10/8/2019.

Terri Ryan Jeff uploaded 1 photo of Brown Thrasher 5/3/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of wood betony 5/2/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of round-lobed hepatica 5/2/2020.

Bayleigh Winzenburg uploaded 3 photos of western fox snake 5/2/2020.

limber honeysuckle

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

common garter snake

nodding bur marigold

common blue violet

Canada mayflower

bastard toadflax (ssp. umbellata)

jack-in-the-pulpit

common tan wave

polyphemus moth

eastern hognose snake

Wilson’s Snipe

American Goldfinch

Ruffed Grouse

common garter snake

Chestnut-sided Warbler

four-lined hornet fly

wood betony

 

   
New Pages
   
6/1/2020

inland serviceberry


5/27/2020

Bur Oak WMA

5/27/2020

Phelps Lake WMA

5/25/2020

prairie buttercup

5/24/2020

Benson WMA

5/23/2020

common tan wave

5/21/2020

Seven Mile Creek County Park

5/17/2020

Taschenberg’s long-necked ant

5/8/2020

foxglove beard tongue

5/5/2020

four-lined hornet fly

5/4/2020

Dye WMA

5/3/2020

Wrenshall WMA

5/2/2020

Sawyer WMA

     
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Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)

Lynn Rubey
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aphid (Uroleucon spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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early buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis)

John Valo

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Hudsonian whiteface (Leucorrhinia hudsonica)

Luciearl
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Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)

Lynn Rubey

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buffalo treehopper (Stictocephala spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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hooked buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus var. recurvatus)

John Valo
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Northern Waterthrush (Seiurus noveboracensis)

Lynn Rubey

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coppery leafhopper (Jikradia olitoria)

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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false milkweed bug (Lygaeus turcicus)

Alfredo Colon

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grapevine epimenis (Psychomorpha epimenis)

John Valo

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green cone-headed planthopper (Acanalonia conica)

Alfredo Colon

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Smooth Patch (Aleurodiscus oakesii)

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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few-nerved cottongrass (Eriophorum chamissonis)

John Valo

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stink bug (Family Pentatomidae)

Alfredo Colon

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autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

John Valo

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two-striped planthopper (Acanalonia bivittata)

Alfredo Colon

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Rock Shield Lichen (Xanthoparmelia sp.)

John Valo

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planthopper (Acanalonia spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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river birch (Betula nigra)

John Valo

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eastern woodland sedge (Carex blanda)

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white bear sedge (Carex albursina)

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shield-backed bug (Homaemus aeneifrons)

John Valo
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