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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.

  Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Hoffman Unit
 
 

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
  Ruffed Grouse

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 Dan W. Andree

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.

     

 

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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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Serotinal Season

 

The serotinal ecological season corresponds roughly to the the second half of the summer calendar season. In Minnesota, the serotinal season usually begins about August 15 and ends about September 15. Deciduous leaves begin to change color. Young birds reach maturity and join other adult birds preparing for fall migration.

 

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What’s New

 
Recent Uploads
   

Murphy uploaded 2 photos of Indigo Milk Cap 9/23/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of nodding bur marigold 9/23/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of grass-carrying wasp (mexicana) 6/9/2018.

Cheri uploaded 1 photo of marbled orbweaver 9/22/2018.

Savannah Hanson uploaded 1 photo of Mica Cap 9/21/2018.

Megan and Rob Szymczak uploaded 1 photo of Fly Agaric 9/20/2018.

April Carroll uploaded 3 photos of Painted Suillus 9/20/2018.

Jennifire4 uploaded 1 photo of eastern comma 9/18/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of boxelder (var. negundo) 9/18/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of eastern boxelder bug 9/18/2018.

Larry Waddell uploaded 1 photo of marbled orbweaver 9/17/2018.

Alison Pauley uploaded 3 photos of Virginian tiger moth 9/16/2018.

Grace Carlson uploaded 1 photo of Russula pulchra 9/15/2018.

Holly B. uploaded 1 photo of marbled orbweaver 9/14/2018.

Aaron Hebeisen uploaded 1 photo of marbled orbweaver 9/12/2018.

Jill H. uploaded 1 photo of wood frog 9/12/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of painted turtle 9/11/2018.

Amber & Robert uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 9/11/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of round-headed bush clover 9/11/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of Blue Ridge carrionflower 9/10/2018.

Connie Peterson uploaded 3 photos of black and yellow argiope 9/9/2018.

Tanner uploaded 1 photo of Giant Puffball 9/9/2018.

Scott & Nan Knowlton uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 9/8/2018.

Cyndy Showalter uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 9/8/2018.

April Carroll uploaded 4 photos of Painted Suillus 9/7/2018.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of thread-waisted wasp (Sphecinae) 9/6/2018.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of chickweed geometer 9/6/2018.

Alissa uploaded 1 photo of Mica Cap 9/6/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of giant leopard moth 9/5/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of common eastern bumble bee 9/5/2018.

Birddog uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 9/5/2018.

Cynthia Schroeder uploaded 1 photo of Yellow Fairy Cup Fungus 9/5/2018.

Cynthia Schroeder uploaded 3 photos of Pear-shaped Puffball 9/5/2018.

Annette Pallesen uploaded 2 photos of dark fishing spider 9/4/2018.

Chad & Autumn Brekke uploaded 1 photo of potter wasp (Eumeninae) 9/2/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of nomad bee (Nomada) 6/9/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of monarch 9/1/2018.

Mark Schumacher uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 9/1/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of chickweed geometer 8/31/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Eastern Candlewax Lichen 8/31/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Smooth Axil-bristle Lichen 8/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of question mark 8/31/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of northern crescent 8/31/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of jagged ambush bug (Phymata americana) 8/30/2018.

LizInMpls uploaded 1 photo of Devil’s Stinkhorn 8/30/2018.

Ordisw uploaded 2 photos of sumac flea beetle 8/30/2018.

Jessica Little uploaded 1 animated gif of Pileated Woodpecker 8/30/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Green Reindeer Lichen 8/29/2018.

Jordan M. uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/29/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Parlin’s pussytoes (ssp. fallax) 8/29/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod soldier beetle 8/29/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of yellow-faced bee (Hylaeus sp.) 6/9/2018.

Lucy uploaded 1 photo of red milkweed beetle 8/27/2018.

LSegar uploaded 1 photo of Northern Tooth 8/27/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Scarlet Waxcap 8/26/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Common Stinkhorn 8/26/2018.

Kris M. uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/26/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Sandpiper Prairie SNA 8/26/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of curve-tailed bush katydid 8/25/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Long Meadow Lake Unit 8/25/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 4 photos of Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary 8/25/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of Green Heron 8/25/2018.

Lucy uploaded 2 photos of Common Stinkhorn 8/24/2018.

Michelle Shores uploaded 5 photos of a cecropia moth caterpillar 8/24/2018.

Paula Carroll uploaded 1 photo of Tennessee Warbler 8/24/2018.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 10 photos of Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary 8/24/2018.

Phillip uploaded 2 photos of gray treefrog 8/23/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of common sawfly (Macrophya pulchella) 6/9/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of pure green augochlora 6/9/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of multicolored Asian lady beetle larva 8/21/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of multicolored Asian lady beetle 8/20/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of seven-spotted lady beetle 8/20/2018.

Mary Walters uploaded 2 photos of banded tussock moth 8/20/2018.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of autumn meadowhawk 8/19/2018.

Wayne Rasmussen uploaded 1 photo of eastern tailed-blue 8/19/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of banded longhorn beetle 8/17/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of common sawfly (Macrophya epinota), 1 on 6/9/2018 and 1 on 7/28/2018.

Ashley Merkle uploaded 2 photos of northern walkingstick 8/18/2018.

Troy Bauer uploaded 1 photo of camel cricket (Ceuthophilus sp.) 8/17/2018.

Gerald Raley uploaded 3 photos of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/17/2018.

Cassandra Lenhard uploaded 2 photos of Indianpipe 8/16/2018.

Bart Lutton uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 8/16/2018.

Nikota uploaded 1 photo of oil beetle (impressus) 8/16/2018.

Scott Cole uploaded 2 photos of goldenrod soldier beetle 8/15/2018.

Cassandra Lenhard uploaded 1 photo of Russula pulchra 8/15/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Canadian tick-trefoil 8/14/2018.

Scott Cole uploaded 1 video of white-lined sphinx 8/14/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of hunchback bee fly 8/12/2018.

Sherrie uploaded 1 photo of blue vervain (var. hastata) 8/12/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of red milkweed beetle 8/12/2018.

Maggie Pace uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/12/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of acorn plum gall wasp 8/11/2018.

Lei uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/11/2018.

Candy uploaded 1 video of black swallowtail 8/11/2018.

Scott Cole uploaded 2 photos of white-lined sphinx 8/11/2018.

Kris Larson uploaded 2 photos of northern walkingstick 8/11/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of oak leaf gall midge 8/11/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of spongy oak apple gall wasp 8/11/2018.

Chris Mosley uploaded 1 photo of giant swallowtail 8/10/2018.

Christine uploaded 1 photo of potter wasp (Eumenes fraternus) 8/10/2018.

Chris Reiter uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/10/2018.

John Shier uploaded 1 photo of Peck’s skipper 8/10/2018.

Todd uploaded 1 video of white-lined sphinx 8/9/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of American hazel 8/9/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of beaked hazel 8/9/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of round-leaved dogwood 8/9/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of whitetail deer 8/7/2018.

Charity Saxum uploaded 2 photos of white sage 8/6/2018.

Angie F uploaded 2 photos of white-lined sphinx 8/6/2018.

Candice Christensen uploaded 1 photo of giant swallowtail 8/6/2018.

Linda uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/6/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of musk thistle 8/6/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of wild columbine 8/6/2018.

P. Contons uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 8/6/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of swamp milkweed leaf beetle 8/5/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of showy milkweed 8/5/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of western honey bee 8/5/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Indian hemp 8/5/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of wood lily 8/5/2018.

LMG uploaded 3 photos of rusty crayfish 8/4/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Northern Harrier 8/4/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of Culver’s root 8/4/2018.

Jane W uploaded 1 photo of hummingbird clearwing 8/4/2018.

Tim Lindley uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/4/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of northern paper wasp 8/3/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of tricolored bumble bee 8/3/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of harvestman (Phalangium opilio) 8/3/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of leaf-cutter bee (Megachile sp.) 8/2/2018.

LWel uploaded 2 photos of white-lined sphinx 8/2/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of viceroy 8/2/2018.

Indigo Milk Cap

grass-carrying wasp (mexicana)

Fly Agaric

eastern comma

Virginian tiger moth

Blue Ridge carrionflower

northern walkingstick

northern walkingstick

Pear-shaped Puffball

Smooth Axil-bristle Lichen

nomad bee (Nomada sp.)

chickweed geometer

Eastern Candlewax Lichen

Green Reindeer Lichen

Parlin’s pussytoes

Northern Tooth

Ravenel’s Stinkhorn

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary

Tennessee Warbler

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary

multicolored Asian lady beetle

seven-spotted lady beetle

banded longhorn beetle

northern walkingstick

hunchback bee fly

Russula pulchra

Canadian tick-trefoil

red milkweed beetle

black and yellow argiope

northern walkingstick

American hazel

giant swallowtail

musk thistle

northern walkingstick

wood lily

northern paper wasp

harvestman (Phalangium opilio)

   

New Pages
9/25/2018

giant leopard moth

9/23/2018

grass-carrying wasp (mexicana)

9/23/2018

thread-waisted wasp (Sphecinae)

9/20/2018

Painted Suillus

9/16/2018

Eastern Candlewax Lichen

9/15/2018

solidstem burnet saxifrage

9/9/2018

chickweed geometer (Haematopis grataria)

9/5/2018

Smooth Axil-bristle Lichen

9/4/2018

potter wasp (Eumeninae)

9/4/2018

fraternal potter wasp

9/3/2018

nomad bee (Nomada)

9/2/2018

Devil’s Stinkhorn

9/1/2018

Green Reindeer Lichen

8/29/2018

Common Stinkhorn

8/29/2018

Scarlet Waxcap

8/28/2018

yellow-faced bee (Hylaeus sp.)

8/24/2018

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary

8/22/2018

common sawfly (Macrophya pulchella)

8/20/2018

silver-bordered fritillary (Boloria selene)

8/19/2018

common sawfly (Macrophya epinota)

8/18/2018

acorn plum gall wasp

8/16/2016

common sawfly (Macrophya trisyllaba)

8/15/2018

rusty crayfish

8/6/2018

leaf-cutter bee (Megachile sp.)

8/4/2018

redwhisker clammyweed

8/4/2018

roughseed clammyweed

8/4/2018

sandyseed clammyweed


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