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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
     

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.

  wild calla
    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
     

Mushrooms, lichens, 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*

* 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.

 

 

 

 

 

             
Autumnal Season
       

The autumnal ecological season, called fall in North America but autumn elsewhere, needs no explanation. It is that time when the landscape transitions from summer to winter. It follows the serotinal season (late summer) when leaves of deciduous trees and many forbs and grasses begin to change color, and precedes the the usually snow-blanketed hibernal season (winter). In Minnesota, the Autumnal season usually begins about September 15 and ends about November 1. In the Twin Cities metro area it typically arrives late September to early (north metro) to mid- (south metro) October. Deciduous leaves are in full fall color then turn brown and fall to the ground. Birds migrate back to wintering areas.

The advance of the season can be watched on the Minnesota DNR's Fall Color Finder Web page. The map displayed there is updated daily. The Autumnal season has arrived in those areas colored red (75–100%) and dark brown (past peak). The northwest corner is the first area in Minnesota to see peak fall colors each year.

 

Whitetail Woods Regional Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
What’s New
 
Recent Uploads
 

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of late long-horned caddisfly 10/21/2019.


David Israel uploaded 2 photos of sigmoid prominent 11/29/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of non-biting midge (Chironomus spp.) 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of damsel bug (Nabis americolimbatus) 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of non-biting midge (Demeijerea brachialis) 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of firefly (Family Lampyridae) 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of Say’s trig 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of Roesel’s katydid 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of two-horned treehopper 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of stink bug (Euschistus spp.) 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of trefoil sawfly 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of pilose checkered beetle 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 12 photos of somewhat silky mound ant 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of milkweed stem weevil 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of grape rootworm 10/20/2019.

Paul B uploaded 3 photos of Pileated Woodpecker 11/16/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of prairie mound ant 9/25/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of root maggot fly (Hydrophoria lancifer) 9/25/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of damsel bug (Family Nabidae) 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 7 photos of plant bug (Family Miridae) 10/20/2019.

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

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of common barklouse (Hyalopsocus striatus) 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of metallic wood-boring beetle (Agrilus spp.) 10/20/2019.

James Folden uploaded 2 photos of Dekay’s brown snake 11/10/2020.

TheDreadedDuke uploaded 1 photo of marbled orbweaver 11/8/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod leaf miner 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Rathke’s woodlouse 10/20/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of Rough-legged Hawk 11/7/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 11/7/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of northern paper wasp 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of fraternal potter wasp 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of bald-faced hornet 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of birch catkin bug 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of pond olive 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of red goldenrod aphid 10/20/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 11/3/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of oval leaf beetle (Rhabdopterus spp.) 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of Scudder’s bush katydid (Scudderia spp.) 10/20/2019.


sigmoid prominent

firefly (Family Lampyridae)

Roesel’s katydid

trefoil sawfly

pilose checkered beetle

somewhat silky mound ant

plant bug (Family Miridae)

Dekay's brown snake

Rathke’s woodlouse

Rough-legged Hawk

pond olive

oval leaf beetle (Rhabdopterus sp.)

Scudder’s bush katydid (Scudderia sp.)

   
New Pages
   
12/1/2020

late long-horned caddisfly


11/29/2020

non-biting midge (Chironomus spp.)

11/29/2020

damsel bug (Nabis americolimbatus)

11/28/2020

non-biting midge (Demeijerea brachialis)

11/27/2020

firefly (Family Lampyridae)

11/27/2020

Say’s trig

11/26/2020

Roesel’s katydid
11/24/2020

two-horned treehopper

11/23/2020

stink bug (Euschistus spp.)

11/22/2020

trefoil sawfly

11/22/2020

pilose checkered beetle

11/19/2020

milkweed stem weevil

11/18/2020

grape rootworm

11/17/2020

prairie mound ant

11/16/2020

root maggot fly (Hydrophoria lancifer)

11/15/2020

damsel bug (Family Nabidae)

11/15/2020

plant bug (Family Miridae)

11/14/2020

common barklouse (Hyalopsocus striatus)

11/13/2020

Minnesota Barklice, Booklice, and Parasitic Lice

11/12/2020

metallic wood-boring beetle (Agrilus spp.)

11/10/2020

goldenrod leaf miner

11/9/2020

Rathke’s woodlouse

11/6/2020

pond olive

11/5/2020

Minnesota Mayflies

11/4/2020

red goldenrod aphid

11/3/2020

seed-eating ground beetle (lunicollis)

11/2/2020

oval leaf beetle (Rhabdopterus spp.)

11/2/2020

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alfalfa plant bug (Adelphocoris lineolatus)

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plant bug (Hyaliodes harti)

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plant bug (Agnocoris rubicundus)

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plant bug (Paraxenetus guttulatus)

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slender springtail (Orchesella cincta)

Alfredo Colon

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yellow-dusted cream moth (Cabera erythemaria)

Alfredo Colon

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minute seed weevil (Ceutorhynchus spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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oak besma (Besma quercivoraria)

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