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.

  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
 
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 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.

 

             
Prevernal Season
       

Prevernal is an ecological season. It does not correspond to any calendar season. Also called pre-spring, it fits between snow-covered winter and the wildflowers of spring. In Minnesota, it begins about March 1, as the weather warms and the snow melts, and lasts until about May 1. Deciduous tree buds begin to swell. Migrating birds fly from winter to summer habitats.

 

Stanley Eddy Memorial Park Reserve, North Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
What’s New
 
Recent Uploads
 

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of Edwards’ hairstreak 3/24/2020.

Jolene Burgess uploaded 1 photo of sword-bearing conehead 3/19/2020.

Carolyn uploaded 1 photo of honey locust 3/19/2020.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 2 photos of Horned Lark 3/9/2020.


Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of meadowhawk (Sympetrum sp.) 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of eastern hornet fly 10/8/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of eastern hornet fly 8/19/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of hangingfly (Bittacus spp.) 10/7/2019.

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.

Edwards’ hairstreak

Horned Lark

meadowhawk (Sympetrum sp.)

hairy-banded mining bee

long-horned bee (Melissodes sp.)

common scorpionfly (Panorpa sp.)

   
New Pages
   
3/27/2020

Baylor Regional Park

3/26/2020

Edwards’ hairstreak

3/25/2020

Vermillion River WMA

3/22/2020

Somerset WMA

3/18/2020

Plover Prairie Addition

3/15/2020

Minnesota Destinations by County

3/15/2020

Victory WMA

3/13/2020

Prairie WMA

3/12/2020

Swan Lake WMA, North Star Unit

3/11/2020

Spruce Creek WMA

3/11/2020

White Bear WMA

3/11/2020

Discovery WMA

3/10/2020

Buck Family Memorial WMA

3/10/2020

Tiedemann WMA

3/9/2020

Woodbury WMA

3/9/2020

Prairie Creek WMA, Engeseth-Rinde Unit

3/8/2020

Prairie Creek WMA, Koester Prairie Unit

3/8/2020

Edward Velishek Memorial WMA

3/8/2020

Big Woods Heritage Forest WMA

3/7/2020

Carver Highlands WMA, Middle Unit

3/7/2020

Carver Highlands WMA, North Unit

3/7/2020

Carver Highlands WMA, South Unit

3/6/2020

Bill Freeman WMA
3/3/2020

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Forstrom Unit

3/3/2020

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Gislason Lake Unit

3/2/2020

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Brenner Lake Unit

3/2/2020

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Cramlet Unit

3/1/2020

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Flickertail Prairie Unit


2/29/2020

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Harris Trust, et al. Unit

2/29/2020

long-beaked sedge

2/26/2020

meadowhawks (Sympetrum spp.)

2/26/2020

Hampton Woods WMA

2/24/2020

eastern hornet fly

2/23/2020

one-sided wintergreen

2/22/2020

hangingfly (Bittacus spp.)

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

     
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bumble bee (Bombus spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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four-lined hornet fly (Spilomyia sayi)

Alfredo Colon

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river birch (Betula nigra)

John Valo

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common tan wave (Pleuroprucha insulsaria)

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)

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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)

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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.)

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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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purple pitcherplant (Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea)

John Valo

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two-striped planthopper (Acanalonia bivittata)

Alfredo Colon

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autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

John Valo

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