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Minnesota Biological Survey

image of monarch butterflies on Liatrus ligulistylus plantsThe Minnesota Biological Survey (MBS) systematically collects, interprets, monitors and delivers data on plant and animal distribution as well as the ecology of native plant communities and functional landscapes. More about the survey

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X-ray of a gophersnake

MN River Reptile Project

Check out the recent herpetology finds made by Jeff LeClere and Carol Hall along with two staff members from the Nongame Wildlife Program!


Spotted salamander on moss

Updates from the "Salamander Team"

Go to the salamander survey field update to read about and to check out photos of what has been found during field season 2017 thus far!


image of a wood turtle

Why did the turtle cross the road?

In May, MBS herpetology staff located two wood turtles in Goodhue County. To learn what to do if you see a turtle crossing the road, check out the wood turtle field update!


Prairie map

MBS updates map of remaining prairies!

At the time of European settlement (mid 1800s), Minnesota had 18 million acres of tallgrass prairie. Today only a little more than 1 percent (about 250,000 acres) of the original prairie remainsThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it..


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