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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
  marsh bellflower

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.

     

Insects and Arachnids
  banded longhorn beetle

Insects and arachnids found in Minnesota.

Species pages include photos, a description, a list of sightings by MinnesotaSeasons.com, visitor sightings, and distribution maps.

 
    Photo by Alfredo Colon

Wildlife
  Horned Grebe

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.

 
    Photo by Laurie Wachholz

Fungi and Lichens
 

Cort (Cortinarius atkinsonianus)

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.

     

 

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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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).

 

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What’s New

 
Recent Uploads
   

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of wasp nest slime mold 11/10/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of flower longhorn beetle (Analeptura lineola) 6/19/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of crane fly (Tipulomorpha) 6/16/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of wintergreen 11/8/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of flea beetle (Disonycha uniguttata) 6/19/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of dogwood twig borer 6/19/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of swamp milkweed leaf beetle 11/7/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of clay-colored leaf beetle 6/19/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of swamp milkweed leaf beetle 6/19/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of bee-like robber fly (Laphria sp.) 6/14/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of soldier beetle (Podabrus rugosulus) 6/17/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of meadow plant bug 6/17/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of band-winged crane fly 6/16/2018.

Ginger Halverson uploaded 2 photos of Velvet Foot 11/5/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of hoverfly (Chalcosyrphus chalybeus) 6/15/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of orange-horned hammertail 6/15/2018.

Laurie Wachholz uploaded 1 photo of Horned Grebe 11/3/2018.

Laurie Wachholz uploaded 1 photo of Clay-colored Sparrow 11/3/2018.

Laurie Wachholz uploaded 1 photo of Great Gray Owl 11/3/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of bee-like robber fly (Laphria sp.) 7/19/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of bee-like robber fly (Laphria sp.) 6/13/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Devil’s Stinkhorn 11/2/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Common Puffball 10/25/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of hispine leaf beetle (Sumitrosis inaequalis) 6/11/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of American Starburst Lichen 10/24/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of metallic wood-boring beetle (Agrilus obsoletoguttatus) 6/11/2018.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of American mink 10/29/2018.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of American Tree Sparrow 10/29/2018.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 4 photos of Bald Eagle 10/29/2018.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Chipping Sparrow 10/29/2018.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Great Blue Heron 10/29/2018.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Northern Harrier 10/29/2018.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of White-breasted Nuthatch 10/29/2018.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Wild Turkey 10/29/2018.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of Wood Duck 10/29/2018.

Lisa M. uploaded 1 photo of Pileated Woodpecker 10/29/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 6 photos of Spring Lake Park Reserve 10/28/2018.

Brenda Johnson uploaded 1 photo of Ruby-throated Hummingbird 10/24/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 5 photos of Trembling Phlebia 10/23/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of two-spotted grass bug 6/11/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of lesser bulb fly (Eumerus spp.) 6/11/2018.

krader0225 uploaded 2 photos of Isabella tiger moth 10/21/2018.

Jaxon Lane uploaded 2 photos of poison sumac 10/19/2018.

Jaxon Lane uploaded 2 photos of Tamarack Nature Center 10/19/2018.

Julie uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger salamander 10/18/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of white-spotted pond fly 6/11/2018.

Emily Miller uploaded 1 photo of Giant Puffball 10/18/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Red-breasted Nuthatch 10/17/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Red-bellied Woodpecker 10/17/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of hoverfly (Pipiza spp.) 6/11/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 closeup photos of Milk-white Toothed Polypore 10/15/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Milk-white Toothed Polypore 10/15/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Star Rosette Lichen 10/14/2018.

Jeff uploaded 2 photos of Elm Oyster 10/14/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of False Turkey Tail 10/14/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Pear-shaped Puffball 10/13/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Sunfish Lake Park 10/13/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of common green darner 10/13/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of red-legged grasshopper 10/13/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of dogwood twig borer 6/11/2018.

Valerie Thomas uploaded 2 photos of Oyster Mushroom 10/11/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of bonfire moss 10/9/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Common Powderhorn 10/9/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 4 photos of Milk-white Toothed Polypore 10/9/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Hairy Curtain Crust 10/9/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Sunburst Lichen (Xanthoria sp.) 10/9/2018.

Matt Sundquist uploaded 2 photos of Velvet Foot 10/9/2018.

Phil Voxland uploaded 1 photo of Rusty Blackbird 10/9/2018.

Kristin Threlfall uploaded 2 photos of Wood Blewit 10/9/2018.

Carrie Schunk uploaded 2 photos of Handsome Club 10/7/2018.

Carrie Schunk uploaded 1 photo of Russula pulchra 10/7/2018.

Carrie Schunk uploaded 1 photo of Witch’s Hat 10/7/2018.

Jaxon Lane uploaded 2 photos of Wild River State Park 10/6/2018.

Jaxon Lane uploaded 2 photos of Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park 10/6/2018.

Jaxon Lane uploaded 1 photo of Lost Valley Prairie SNA 10/6/2018.

Lynn Rubey posted on MinnesotaSeasons.com’s Facebook page 1 photo of American mink 10/5/2018.

Lynn Rubey posted on MinnesotaSeasons.com’s Facebook page 1 photo of American Goldfinch 10/5/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of bean leaf beetle 6/11/2018.

Beth Harrington uploaded 1 photo of wolf’s milk slime mold 10/4/2018.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of Jay Cooke State Park 10/4/2018.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 2 photos of Cascade River State Park 10/3/2018.

wintergreen

swamp milkweed leaf beetle

swamp milkweed leaf beetle

soldier beetle (Podabrus rugosulus)

band-winged crane fly

Horned Grebe

American Starburst Lichen

Northern Harrier

Wild Turkey

Sunfish Lake Park

Trembling Phlebia

lesser bulb fly (Eumerus sp.)

eastern tiger salamander

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Elm Oyster

Pear-shaped Puffball

Sunfish Lake Park

Luciearl

Witch’s Hat

wolf’s milk slime mold

Wild River State Park

American Goldfinch

Cascade River State Park

   

New Pages
11/12/2018

wasp nest slime mold

11/10/2018

flower longhorn beetle (Analeptura lineola)

11/9/2018

wintergreen

11/8/2018

flea beetle (Disonycha uniguttata)

11/7/2018

soldier beetle (Podabrus rugosulus)

11/6/2018

band-winged crane fly

11/5/2018

hoverfly (Chalcosyrphus chalybeus)

11/4/2018

orange-horned hammertail

11/3/2018

bee-like robber fly (Laphria spp.)

11/2/2018

Common Puffball

11/1/2018

hispine leaf beetle (Sumitrosis inaequalis)

10/31/2018

American Starburst Lichen

10/30/2018

metallic wood-boring beetle (Agrilus obsoletoguttatus)

10/28/2018

Trembling Phlebia

10/26/2018

two-spotted grass bug
10/25/2018

Star Rosette Lichen

10/24/2018

lesser bulb fly (Eumerus spp.)

10/23/2018

poison sumac

10/21/2018

bonfire moss
10/19/2018

white-spotted pond fly

10/17/2018

Common Powderhorn

10/16/2018

hoverfly (Pipiza spp.)

10/15/2018

Milk-white Toothed Polypore

10/13/2018

Hairy Curtain Crust
10/13/2018

Handsome Club

10/12/2018

dogwood twig borer

10/10/2018

Velvet Foot

10/9/2018

Witch’s Hat
10/8/2018

wolf’s milk slime mold

10/6/2018

Sunburst Lichen (Xanthoria sp.)

10/4/2018

bean leaf beetle

10/2/2018

Elegant Sunburst Lichen


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