Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Animals Invade Minnesota!

Did you ever wonder what animals are native to the great state of Minnesota? Well, wonder no more. Here is a list of the animals from the Minnesota DNR website that are native to the state. Take note that humans didn't make the list :-)

Minnesota has the largest wolf and bald eagle populations in the lower 48 states.
Mammal species in Minnesota: 78
Amphibian species in Minnesota: 22
Reptile species in Minnesota: 31
Bird species in Minnesota: 428
Bird species that are year-round residents: 44
Minnesota plants and animals listed as Federally Endangered and Threatened: 9
Minnesota plants and animals listed as State Endangered and Threatened: 197
Minnesota plants and animals listed as State Special Concern: 242
Largest waterfowl: Trumpeter swan
First birds back in the spring:
American kestrel
Eastern phoebe
Horned lark (January)
Red-winged blackbird
Bald eagles: 1,312+ pairs
Common loons: 12,000
Timber wolves: 2,900+
White-tailed deer: 1.5 million
Trumpeter swans: 3,000+
Black bears: 20,000-30,000
Moose: 2,760
Nongame species: 800+ species
Peregrine falcons: 52 known breeding pairs


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