About Us

Nature Tourism in Minnesota

In 2004 the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources funded an Outdoor Recreation Participation Survey of Minnesotans. Among the findings: 18% of Minnesotans participate in “Viewing, identifying or photographing wildflowers, trees, and natural vegetation.” This Web site is designed to be a resource for those 18% of Minnesotans.


The goals of this website are twofold. The first goal is to provide information on flora, fauna, and fungi occurring naturally (outside of cultivation) within the state. The information provided should be sufficient to enable a viewer to identify a taxon to the species, subspecies, and/or variety. Photos are included when available.

The second goal is to provide information on sites in Minnesota where flora, fauna, and fungi can be viewed in their natural habitat by the interested public. Maps will be created for sites where no maps are otherwise provided.


MinnesotaSeasons.com Photos

Unless otherwise labeled, all photos are taken by John F. Valo. Those photos, all text, and all maps are copyright MinnesotaSeasons.com, and can be used only with written permission.

Contributed Photos

Visitors who contribute photos to MinnesotaSeasons.com retain the copyright on those photos. Permission must be obtained from the contributor prior to using any of that contributor’s photos. By submitting a photo, the contributor asserts that he/she is the owner of the photo and authorizes MinnesotaSeasons.com to use the photo on on the MinnesotaSeasons.com Web site; MinnesotaSeasons blog; MinnesotaSeasons Facebook page; MinnesotaSeason Pinterest page; and tweet to followers of MinnesotaSeason on Twitter.

Website Administrator

This site is maintained by John Valo, an amateur naturalist, plant enthusiast, and “SNAer” living in the Twin Cities. He is the site steward for Savage Fen Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) and former site steward of Des Moines River SNA.

5 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Luella Peterson

    I was looking at Eastern Gray squirrels. It said the black squirrel can be found in southeastern MN. We live near Lake Miltona and Lake Irene in Douglas County and we have a lot of black squirrels here.

  2. tspille

    i hoped to add a sighting of a 12 spotted dragonfly, hunting from a pole in my backyard, 2 blocks from lake phalen. clicked “report a sighting,” no joy there!

    1. John Valo Post author

      I’m sorry you were unable to post a sighting. When most people click on the Click here to report a sighting button, it brings up an email with a simple form to add details of the sighting – location, etc. It may not work for people who do not have an email program on their computer, for instance users of GMail.

      If it does not work for you, simply send an email to info@MinnesotaSeasons.com with the information and it will be posted.



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