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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.

  Interstate State Park
 
 
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.

  band-winged meadowhawk
    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
 
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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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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.

 

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What’s New
 
Recent Uploads
 

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of asteroid moth 9/1/2018.

Laurie Wachholz uploaded 1 photo of Black-and-white Warbler 11/11/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 11/10/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of stout spanworm moth 9/1/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 11/8/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of maple twig borer moth 8/31/2018.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Red-tailed Hawk 11/3/2019.

Siri uploaded 1 photo of ant-mimicking jumping spider 11/1/2019.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of common snapping turtle 10/30/2019.

David Israel uploaded 1 photo of plant bug (Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus) 10/30/2019.

Jim Ham uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 10/29/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 4 photos of common snapping turtle 10/28/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Great Horned Owl 10/28/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of American red squirrel 10/28/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 1 photo of American Tree Sparrow 10/28/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of American Coot 10/28/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 3 photos of Blue Jay 10/28/2019.

Lynn Rubey uploaded 2 photos of Eastern Phoebe 10/28/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of purple coneflower (Echinacea spp.) 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of curly dock 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of rose (Rosa spp.) 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of milkweed (Asclepias sp.) 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of common milkweed 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Amur maple 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of bird’s-foot trefoil 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of bittersweet nightshade 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of bur cucumber 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of bur oak (var. macrocarpa) 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of butter and eggs 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of butterfly weed 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of Canada lettuce 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Canada thistle 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Canadian tick-trefoil 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of cardinal flower 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of Culver’s root 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of cut-leaved coneflower 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of northern white cedar 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of great blue lobelia (var. siphilitica) 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of harebell 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of heal-all 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of musk thistle 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of prickly lettuce 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of purple loosestrife 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Queen Anne’s lace 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of spotted touch-me-not 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of wild bergamot 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of wild cucumber 10/27/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of spinulose wood fern 10/27/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Ruffed Grouse 10/26/2019.

Mary Webster uploaded 1 photo of barn spider 10/26/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of an albino eastern gray squirrel 10/24/2019.

Gerry Garcia uploaded 5 photos and 3 videos of Sandhill Cranes staging at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge 10/23/2019.

James Gordon uploaded 2 photos of Rusty Blackbird 10/21/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of prickly tree clubmoss 10/20/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of running clubmoss 10/20/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of fan clubmoss 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of green lacewing (Chrysopa sp.) 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of green lacewing (Family Chrysopidae) 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of meadow spittlebug 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of banasa stink bug 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of citrus flatid planthopper 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of Colorado potato beetle 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of goldenrod soldier beetle 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 6 photos of Japanese beetle 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 6 photos of large milkweed bug 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 15 photos of multicolored Asian lady beetle 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of northern corn rootworm beetle 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of red milkweed beetle 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of red-banded leafhopper 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of striped cucumber beetle 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of swamp milkweed leaf beetle 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of wedge-shaped beetle (Ripiphorus sp.) 10/20/2019.

Wendy Johnson uploaded 1 photo of snakeskin liverwort 10/20/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of nightcrawler 6/18/2018.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of autumn meadowhawk 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 6 photos of blue dasher 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of cherry-faced meadowhawk 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of common green darner 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of common whitetail 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of eastern pondhawk 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of Halloween pennant 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of ruby meadowhawk 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of white-faced meadowhawk 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of widow skimmer 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of treefrog (Hyla sp.) 10/16/2019.

Bonnie Shoebottom uploaded 1 photo of Cooper’s Hawk 10/16/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of tortoise beetle (Tribe Cassidini) 9/1/2018.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of pigeon tremex 10/14/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of mourning cloak 9/1/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Pear-shaped Puffball 10/12/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Pear-shaped Puffball 10/11/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common eupithecia 9/1/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Unknown Fungi 8/28/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of American dagger moth 9/1/2018.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Yellow-rumped Warbler 10/7/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Sinewed Bushy Lichen 10/6/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Purple Jellydisc 10/6/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Eyelash Cup 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 8 photos of banded tussock moth 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of eastern forktail 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of familiar bluet 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of Isabella tiger moth 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 6 photos of milkweed tussock moth 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of monarch 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of silvery checkerspot 10/6/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of slender spreadwing 10/6/2019.

Alisa Hornberg uploaded 1 photo of fisher 10/6/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Yellow Fairy Cup Fungus 10/6/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of pigeon tremex 10/4/2019.

Angie uploaded 1 photo of Common Stinkhorn 10/4/2019.

rose (Rosa sp.)

Red-tailed Hawk

plant bug (Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus)

common snapping turtle

American Coot

Blue Jay

milkweed (Asclepias sp.)

bird’s-foot trefoil

bur cucumber

Canada lettuce

Culver’s root

cut-leaved coneflower

wild cucumber

spinulose wood fern

Ruffed Grouse

Colorado potato beetle

Japanese beetle

multicolored Asian lady beetle

striped cucumber beetle

swamp milkweed leaf beetle

Sinewed Bushy Lichen

autumn meadowhawk

blue dasher

cherry-faced meadowhawk

treefrog (Hyla sp.)

Purple Jellydisc

Pear-shaped Puffball

Pear-shaped Puffball

Yellow-rumped Warbler

banded tussock moth

familiar bluet

   
New Pages
   
11/14/2019

asteroid moth

11/13/2019

purple coneflower (Echinacea spp.)

11/13/2019

tall thistle

11/11/2019

prickly tree clubmoss

11/10/2019

stout spanworm moth

11/9/2019

rose (Rosa spp.)

11/9/2019

elm leafminer

11/8/2019

running clubmoss
11/6/2019

milkweed (Asclepias spp.)

11/5/2019

maple twig borer moth

11/4/2019

western rock jasmine

11/3/2019

fan clubmoss

10/28/2019

green lacewing (Chrysopa sp.)

10/28/2019

green lacewing (Family Chrysopidae)

10/23/2019

smeared dagger

10/22/2019

Sinewed Bushy Lichen

10/21/2019

northern running-pine (Diphasiastrum complanatum) renamed to northern groundcedar (Diphasiastrum complanatum)

10/20/2019

nightcrawler

10/19/2019

Minnesota Worms and Leeches

10/16/2019

Purple Jellydisc

10/15//2019

tortoise beetles (Tribe Cassidini)

10/14/2019

western tent caterpillar moth

10/13/2019

shinleaf

10/12/2019

Eyelash Cup

10/11/2019

common eupithecia

10/10/2019

dogbane saucrobotys moth

10/10/2019

pigeon tremex

10/9/2019

Unknown Fungi

10/9/2019

American dagger moth

10/6/2019

lily-leaved twayblade

10/4/2019

Golden Coral Fungus

10/3/2019

lesser appleworm moth

10/3/2019

Unknown Moths

10/2/2019

snakeskin liverwort

10/1/2019

Birch Polypore

     
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brocade moss (Hypnum imponens)

Luciearl

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downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesqueanum)
downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesqueanum var. affine)
downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesqueanum var. rafinesqueanum)

John Valo

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roseslug sawfly (Endelomyia aethiops)

Alfredo Colon

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false black widow (Steatoda grossa)

Luciearl

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dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolius)

John Valo

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blackberry looper (Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria)

Alfredo Colon

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Hammered Shield Lichen (Parmelia sulcata)

Luciearl

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narrow-leaved vervain (Verbena simplex)

John Valo

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goldenrod leaf beetle (Trirhabda canadensis)

Alfredo Colon

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Beard Lichen (Usnea spp.)

Luciearl

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three-lined potato beetle (Lema daturaphila)

John Valo, Alfredo Colon

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ragwort stem borer moth (Papaipema insulidens)

Alfredo Colon

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golden clover (Trifolium aureum)

John Valo

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Alfredo Colon

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tall beggarticks (Bidens vulgata)

John Valo

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Robert’s Bird Sanctuary

Kirk Nelson
 

goldenrod (Solidago spp.)

Alfredo Colon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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