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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.

  River Terrace Prairie SNA
 
 
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.

  round-lobed hepatica
    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
 
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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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1,978
Species*

* 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.

 

 

 

 

 

             
Estival Season
       

The estival ecological season corresponds roughly to the the first half of the summer calendar season. In Minnesota, it usually begins about June 15 and ends about August 15. Trees are in full leaf. Birds hatch and raise their offspring.

 

Lake Alexander Woods SNA – South Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
What’s New
 
Recent Uploads
 

L Fuller uploaded 3 photos of northern walkingstick 8/6/2020.

Christine A. Abell uploaded 2 photos of whitespotted sawyer 8/6/2020.

Kim Baartman uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/6/2020.

Amber Paniaqua uploaded 2 photos of redbelly snake 8/6/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of sweat bee (Subfamily Halictinae) 8/6/2020.

Cristina LaPointe uploaded 2 photos of black and yellow argiope 8/6/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of regal fritillary 8/5/2020.

K Helms uploaded 1 photo of orange sulphur 8/4/2020.

Lisa Skemp-Thornton uploaded 1 photo of Japanese beetle 8/3/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 11 photos of northern lady fern 7/31 to 8/3/2020.

Wander Without Wifi uploaded 1 video of Scenic State Park 8/2/2020.

Shylo Morgan uploaded 4 photos of false black widow 8/1/2020.

JAL uploaded 2 photos of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/1/2020.


Michelle Groetsch uploaded 3 photos of wild grape 7/31/2020.

Brianna F. uploaded 2 photos of black and yellow argiope 7/31/2020.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 2 photos of treefrog (Hyla sp.) 7/30/2020.

Wendy Maslowski uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 7/30/2020.

Bradley uploaded 2 photos of eastern tiger swallowtail 7/30/2020.

White Bear uploaded 1 photo of gray treefrog 7/29/2020.

Maggie Lindberg uploaded 1 photo of American carrion beetle 7/29/2020.

Chuck Ward uploaded 4 photos of hummingbird clearwing 7/29/2020.

Sandy A. uploaded 1 photo of bald-faced hornet 7/28/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of large-leaved avens 7/27/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of false milkweed bug 10/20/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 4 photos of two-striped grasshopper 7/26/2020.

Wander Without Wifi uploaded 1 video of Lake Shetek State Park 7/26/2020.

Wander Without Wifi uploaded 1 video of Itasca State Park 7/26/2020.

Scott Bemman uploaded 1 photo of red-banded leafhopper 7/26/2020.

Scott Bemman uploaded 1 photo of bald-faced hornet 7/26/2020.

Casey uploaded 1 photo of Banasa stink bug 7/26/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Flodman’s thistle 7/25/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of plumeless thistle 7/25/2020.

Julie and Chad Theisen uploaded 1 photo of spicebush swallowtail 7/25/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of staghorn sumac 7/24/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of broad-leaved arrowhead 7/24/2020.

Sara Nagel uploaded 3 photos of giant swallowtail 7/23/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of American sand wasp 7/23/2020.

Matt Marlow uploaded 1 photo of eastern chipmunk 7/19/2020.

Tallie Habstritt uploaded 1 photo of northern pearly eye 7/19/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of twelve-spotted skimmer 7/18/2020.

Bryce Boldt uploaded 1 photo of American sycamore 7/18/2020.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of banded hairstreak 7/17/2020.

Frog Lover uploaded 2 photos of gray treefrog 7/17/2020.

Plannine uploaded 2 photos of white-lined sphinx 7/16/2020.

Maureen Burkle uploaded 1 photo of four-banded stink bug hunter wasp 7/16/2020.

Brooke Roegge uploaded 4 photos of Blue Tooth 7/15/2020.

S. uploaded 1 photo of maculated dung beetle 7/15/2020.

Jeffrey M. Arsenault uploaded 2 photos of Eastern North American Destroying Angel 7/14/2020.

Jeffrey M. Arsenault uploaded 1 photo of Chanterelle 7/14/2020.

Jeffrey M. Arsenault uploaded 4 photos of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 7/14/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 7/14/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of twelve-spotted skimmer 7/13/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 7/13/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of thirteen-lined ground squirrel 7/12/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of Brown-headed Cowbird 7/12/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of ebony jewelwing 7/12/2020.

Maureen Burkle uploaded 2 photos of coral hairstreak 7/12/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of marsh skullcap 7/8/2020.

Troy uploaded 1 photo of red-banded leafhopper 7/10/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 6 photos of coppery leafhopper 10/20/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of dwarf raspberry 7/8/2020.

Dave Schmiginsky uploaded 1 photo of coral hairstreak 7/7/2020.

Dave Schmiginsky uploaded 1 photo of eastern tailed-blue 7/7/2020.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 3 photos of Blanding’s turtle 7/7/2020.

Erica Erickson uploaded 1 photo of Great Egret 7/7/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of monarch 7/6/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of large-leaved avens 7/6/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of veiny pea 7/6/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of American sand wasp 7/5/2020.

Susan Gangl uploaded 1 photo of red milkweed beetle 7/4/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Black-billed Cuckoo 7/4/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Bobolink 7/4/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of black swallowtail 7/3/2020.

Twogalls uploaded 1 photo of spiny rose gall wasp 7/2/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of veiny pea 7/2/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Canada lynx 7/1/2020.

Dave Rodestrom uploaded 1 photo of Colorado potato beetle 7/1/2020.

redbelly snake

sweat bee (Subfamily Halictinae)

Japanese beetle

false black widow


treefrog (Hyla sp.)

bald-faced hornet

false milkweed bug

two-striped grasshopper

spicebush swallowtail

staghorn sumac

giant swallowtail

banded hairstreak

Eastern North American Destroying Angel

American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric

Cape May Warbler

dwarf raspberry

Blanding’s turtle

Black-billed Cuckoo

Canada lynx

   
New Pages
   
8/3/2020

Blue Tooth


7/31/2020

Eastern North American Destroying Angel

7/29/2020

Willet

7/29/2020

false milkweed bug

7/23/2020

John Murtaugh Memorial WMA

7/23/2020

narrow-leaved New Jersey tea

7/22/2020

American sand wasp

7/18/2020

spiny rose gall wasp

7/17/2020

pronghorn clubtail

7/12/2020

slender flower longhorn beetle

7/11/2020

Cape May Warbler

7/10/2020

coppery leafhopper

7/8/2020

least chipmunk

7/7/2020

metarranthis moth (Metarranthis spp.)

7/5/2020

roundneck sexton beetle

7/4/2020

flat-backed millipede (Pleuroloma flavipes)

7/3/2020

Seneca snakeroot

     
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Leonard’s skullcap (Scutellaria parvula var. missouriensis)

John Valo

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reddish-brown stag beetle (Lucanus capreolus)

Plannine

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wild calla (Calla palustris)

Luciearl

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Allard’s ground cricket (Allonemobius allardi)

Maureen Burkle

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green cone-headed planthopper (Acanalonia conica)

Alfredo Colon

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Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus)

Ramona Abrego

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false bee-killer (Promachus bastardii)

Lindsay Freeland
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Pennsylvania ambush bug (Phymata pennsylvanica)

Mike Poeppe
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great St. Johnswort (Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum)

John Valo

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stringy stonecrop (Sedum sarmentosum)

Luciearl

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leafhopper (Gyponana subgenus Gyponana)

Alfredo Colon

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northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus)

Ramona Abrego

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lance-leaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

John Valo

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yellow velvet beetle (Lepturobosca chrysocoma)

Luciearl

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oleander aphid (Aphis nerii)

Alfredo Colon

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few-nerved cottongrass (Eriophorum chamissonis)

John Valo

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clustered bellflower (Campanula glomerata)

Luciearl

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spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata)

Alfredo Colon

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lupine bug (Megalotomus quinquespinosus)

John Valo

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awl fly (Coenomyia ferruginea)

Luciearl

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stink bug (Family Pentatomidae)

Alfredo Colon

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Rock Shield Lichen (Xanthoparmelia sp.)

John Valo

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lesser maple spanworm moth (Macaria pustularia)

Luciearl

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two-striped planthopper (Acanalonia bivittata)

Alfredo Colon

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river birch (Betula nigra)

John Valo

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blinded sphinx (Paonias excaecata)

Luciearl

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planthopper (Acanalonia spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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eastern woodland sedge (Carex blanda)

John Valo

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butternut woollyworm (Eriocampa juglandis)

Luciearl

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white bear sedge (Carex albursina)

John Valo

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Blackening Russula (Russula albonigra)

Luciearl

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Mead’s sedge (Carex meadii)

John Valo

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Deer Mushroom (Pluteus cervinus)

Luciearl

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shield-backed bug (Homaemus aeneifrons)

John Valo

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hooked buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus var. recurvatus)

John Valo

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cursed crowfoot (Ranunculus sceleratus)
cursed crowfoot (Ranunculus sceleratus var. multifidus)
cursed crowfoot (Ranunculus sceleratus var. sceleratus)

John Valo

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early buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis)

John Valo

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autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

John Valo

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grapevine epimenis (Psychomorpha epimenis)

John Valo

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woolly cupgrass (Eriochloa villosa)

John Valo

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