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.

  Stanley Eddy Memorial Park Reserve  
         
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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2,101
Species*

* Species pages may represent a species, subspecies, variety, genus, family, or other taxonmomic group, or an unidentified organism. Using the word “taxa” 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  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         
 
Recent Uploads
 
         
 

April
 
 

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of Peck’s skipper 4/14/2021.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of Hobomok skipper 4/14/2021.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of bronze copper 4/14/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 4/13/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of milkweed tussock moth 4/13/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of polyphemus moth 4/13/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger salamander 4/13/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 2 photos of treefrog (Dryophytes sp.) 4/13/2021.

Gib Ahlstrand uploaded 1 photo of stink bug (Family Pentatomidae) 4/13/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of northern flying squirrel 4/13/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of muskrat 4/13/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 4/13/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of Cooper’s Hawk 4/13/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of Great Horned Owl 4/13/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of Pileated Woodpecker 4/13/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of Ring-necked Pheasant 4/13/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of Wild Turkey 4/13/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of tricolored bumble bee 4/13/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Red-winged Blackbird 4/12/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of red fox 4/11/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of spotted lady beetle 4/11/2021.

Earl Bye uploaded 1 photo of Pied-billed Grebe 4/9/2021.

Earl Bye uploaded 1 photo of Wilson’s Snipe 4/9/2021.

L. Mendoza uploaded 2 photos of Shaggy Mane 4/9/2021.

Melissa Strand uploaded 1 photo of eastern racer 4/7/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Ruffed Grouse 4/5/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of bobcat 4/5/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of mourning cloak 4/5/2021.

RuthAnn Duda uploaded 6 photos of Orange-gilled Waxy Cap 4/4/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of American pasqueflower 4/4/2021.


March

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Trumpeter Swan 3/30/2021.

Blujean Clunis uploaded 3 photos of American White Pelican 3/27/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Hygroscopic Earthstar 3/27/2021.

Theresa Kohn uploaded 4 photos of eastern tiger swallowtail 3/26/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of eastern hognose snake 3/18/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Evening Grosbeak 3/17/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Evening Grosbeak 3/16/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 4 photos of Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Pavia Unit 3/19/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Pavia Unit 3/15/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of Canada Goose 3/15/2021.

Ann Michels uploaded 5 photos of Common Merganser 3/14/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Trumpeter Swan 3/14/2021.

Mike Monroe uploaded 1 photo of Scarlet Cup 3/13/2021.

Ann Michels uploaded 3 photos of Hooded Merganser 3/12/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of Ring-necked Pheasant 3/6/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of large crane fly (Tipula borealis) 10/12/2019.

polyphemus moth

whitetail deer

whitetail deer

Pied-billed Grebe

eastern racer

American pasqueflower


eastern tiger swallowtail

eastern hognose snake

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Pavia Unit

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Pavia Unit

large crane fly (Tipula borealis)

 
       
 
New Pages
 
       
 

April
 
  4/13/2021

horsemint name changed to spotted beebalm

 
  4/12/2021 yellow violet name changed to downy yellow violet  
 

March
 
  3/31/2021

one-flowered pyrola name changed to one-flowered wintergreen

 
  3/25/2021

Tartarian honeysuckle name changed to Tatarian honeysuckle

 
  3/24/2021

rough-fruited cinquefoil name changed to sulphur cinquefoil

 
  3/22/2021

ironwood name changed to American hophornbeam

 
  3/20/2021

eastern panicled aster (var. latifolium) name changed to broad-leaved panicled aster

 
  3/20/2021

eastern panicled aster (var. interior) name changed to interior white aster

 
  3/20/2021

western panicled aster (ssp. hesperium) named changed to Siskiyou aster (ssp. hesperium)

 
  3/20/2021

western panicled aster (var. hesperium) named changed to Siskiyou aster (var. hesperium)

 
  3/20/2021

false sunflower name changed to smooth oxeye

 
  3/13/2021

large-leaved black snakeroot name changed to long-styled black snakeroot

 
  3/10/2021

harvestman (Phalangium opilio) name changed to common harvestman

 
  3/7/2021

Gray Jay name changed to Canada Jay

 
  3/5/2021

Black Tern

 
  3/3/2021

large crane fly (Tipula borealis)

 
  3/2/2021

leafhopper (Latalus ocellaris) name changed to leafhopper (Errastunus ocellaris)

 
         
 
Next Up
 
         
 

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weeping green lacewing (Chrysoperla plorabunda)

Alfredo Colon  
 

2

snow fly (Chionea valga)

Luciearl

 
 

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sunflower nomia (Dieunomia heteropoda) Scott Leddy  
 

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

Earl Bye  
 

5

mining bee (Andrena spp.)

Dan W. Andree  
 

6

eastern harvestman (Leiobunum vittatum)

Alfredo Colon  
 

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Mossy Maze Polypore (Cerrena unicolor)

Luciearl

 
 

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northern broken-dash (Wallengrenia egeremet)

Scott Leddy  
 

9

dogwood sawfly (Macremphytus testaceus)

Alfredo Colon  
 

10

Leonard’s skipper (Hesperia leonardus)

Scott Leddy

 
 

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sand wasp (Gorytes spp.)

Alfredo Colon  
 

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Ottoe skipper (Hesperia ottoe) Scott Leddy  
 

13

ichneumon wasp (Charops annulipes)

Alfredo Colon  
 

14

Delaware skipper (Anatrytone logan) Scott Leddy  
 

15

ichneumon wasp (Vulgichneumon brevicinctor)

Alfredo Colon  
 

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common roadside-skipper (Amblyscirtes vialis)

Scott Leddy

 
 

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minute seed weevil (Homorosoma sulcipenne) Alfredo Colon  
 

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longhorned beetle (Neoclytus mucronatus)

Alfredo Colon  
 

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silver flower longhorn beetle (Grammoptera subargentata)

Alfredo Colon  
 

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American green crab spider (Misumessus oblongus)

Alfredo Colon  
 

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hammock spider (Pityohyphantes costatus)

Alfredo Colon  
 

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boreal combfoot (Steatoda borealis)

Alfredo Colon  
 

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crabonid wasp (Astata unicolor) Alfredo Colon  
 

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