Agassiz Dunes SNA

 

 

     
 
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Agassiz Dunes Preserve

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This SNA is a part of a much larger The Nature Conservancy preserve.

 
     
 
Location
 
 

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Size

 
 

393 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

Parking lot: N47 30.841, W96 17.482

 
         
 

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          Polk and Norman Counties  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

There are no maintained trails. However, many worn footpaths are evidence of moderate usage of the site.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Red River Valley

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Red River Prairie

   
  Land Type Association    

Barnesville Beach Complex

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Bur Oak - Aspen Forest

Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Northern)

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

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  Degrees of Wildness
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Uploaded on Jan 16, 2010

Agassiz Dunes is a precious landscape that is being restored with logging and burning. Over the years we will see different plant and animal communities inhabit the site. Will it be more domesticated or more wild?

 
  Appearance and Experience at Agassiz Dunes
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Examining the vegetation at Agassiz Dunes, Rhett and Niki talk about lichen, appearance, and experience.

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8/17/2010                
 
 

Birds

 
 

Six bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Baird’s Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii)

Special Concern

Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist (Norman County)

eBird Field Checklist (Polk County)

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

 

American Goldfinch

Mourning Dove

White-breasted Nuthatch

 
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

One insect and arachnid species with conservation status in Minnesota, which is also a federally listed species, has been seen here:

Federally Endangered Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)
Endangered

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
 

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

common green darner (Anax junius)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

lance-tipped darner (Aeshna constricta)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

variegated meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)

 

monarch

orange sulphur

 
 

Mammals

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

 
 

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  whitetail deer  
 

Plants

 
 

Eight plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

Endangered

Indian ricegrass (Achnatherum hymenoides)

Threatened

beaked skeletonweed (Shinnersoseris rostrata)

clustered broomrape (Orobanche fasciculata)

Louisiana broomrape (Orobanche ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

woolly beachheather (Hudsonia tomentosa)

Special Concern

blunt sedge (Carex obtusata)

creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

small-leaved pussytoes (Antennaria parvifolia)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Bur Oak - Aspen Forest FDs36a

Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Northern) UPn13b

     
 

 

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American lopseed (Phryma leptostachya)

American stickseed (Hackelia deflexa var. americana)

aniseroot (Osmorhiza longistylis)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea canadensis)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

hairy four o’clock (Mirabilis albida)

hairy grama (Bouteloua hirsuta var. hirsuta)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

large-flowered beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

long-spine sandbur (Cenchrus longispinus)

Missouri goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis)

narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard (Crepis tectorum)

Nuttall’s evening primrose (Oenothera nuttallii)

oval-leaf milkweed (Asclepias ovalifolia)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

prairie sunflower (Helianthus petiolaris ssp. petiolaris)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

redroot amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silky prairie clover (Dalea villosa var. villosa)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia groundcherry (Physalis virginiana var. virginiana)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Amaranthus retroflexus (redroot amaranth)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia frigida (prairie sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias ovalifolia (oval-leaf milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bouteloua gracilis (blue grama)

Bouteloua hirsuta var. hirsuta (hairy grama)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Cenchrus longispinus (long-spine sandbur)

Circaea canadensis (broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Crepis tectorum (narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard)

Dalea candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Dalea villosa var. villosa (silky prairie clover)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Hackelia deflexa var. americana (American stickseed)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Helianthus petiolaris ssp. petiolaris (prairie sunflower)

Juniperus horizontalis (creeping juniper)

Koeleria macrantha (June grass)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Mirabilis albida (hairy four o’clock)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oenothera nuttallii (Nuttall’s evening primrose)

Osmorhiza longistylis (aniseroot)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Penstemon grandiflorus (large-flowered beardtongue)

Phryma leptostachya (American lopseed)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Physalis virginiana var. virginiana (Virginia groundcherry)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago missouriensis (Missouri goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Tilia americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

 

 

American hazel

black bindweed

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

Canada wildrye

common false Solomon’s seal

common milkweed

creeping juniper

field sow thistle

hoary alyssum

leadplant

narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard

prairie onion

prairie sunflower

purple prairie clover

rough cinquefoil

stiff goldenrod

stiff sunflower

tall cinquefoil

western poison ivy

white prairie clover

wild bergamot

wild columbine

 
 

Reptiles

 
 

One reptile species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Special Concern

western hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 

 

 

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