Antelope Valley SNA

 

 

     
 
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Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

This SNA was designated on 6/11/2015.

 
     
 

Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

Detail map (MN DNR)

 
         
 

Printable Map(s) with GPS coordinates

 
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Size

 
 

160 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

Park on a field access on the west side of 270th St.

N44 40.600, W96 6.825

 
         
 

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          Yellow Medicine County  
          Southwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

All hunting and trapping. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

North Central Glaciated Plains

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Minnesota River Prairie

   
  Land Type Association    

Renville Till Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Saline Wet Prairie Complex

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

Natural Features

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           
 
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The prairie is cut in half by a barbed wire fence. Based on the presence if dried cow patties, the prairie on the right has been grazed recently, the one on the left has not.

 
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Saline Wet Prairie Complex

 
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Intermittent Stream

 
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About

An especially unique feature of Antelope Valley SNA is mineral salt at the soil surface that supports a wet saline prairie. Very few prairies of this type occur in Minnesota and this is the first and only one protected on an SNA. A complex of wet and mesic prairies covers much of the rest of this site.

 

 

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Visits

7/3/2016                
 
 

Birds

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

 
 

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

 

Brown-headed Cowbird

Mourning Dove

Red-winged Blackbird

Sedge Wren

 
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

bicolored striped sweat bee (Agapostemon virescens)

convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

meadow fritillary (Boloria bellona)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

  orange sulphur  
 

Mammals

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

 
 

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

  northern raccoon  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Special Concern

deer sedge (Carex hallii)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alkali buttercup (Ranunculus cymbalaria)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American water plantain (Alisma subcordatum)

Baltic rush (Juncus balticus var. littoralis)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata var. scabra)

bracted vervain (Verbena bracteata)

broad-leaved arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common bur-reed (Sparganium eurycarpum)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

deer sedge (Carex hallii)

field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

heart-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

hybrid cattail (Typha x glauca)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

meadow garlic (Allium canadense var. canadense)

musk thistle (Carduus nutans)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern water plantain (Alisma triviale)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium campestre)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quackgrass (Elymus repens)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red mulberry (Morus rubra) *

redtop (Agrostis gigantea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

river bulrush (Bolboschoenus fluviatilis)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

shorthair goldenrod (Solidago altissima ssp. gilvocanescens)

showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

silverweed (Argentina anserina ssp. anserina)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

soft-stem bulrush (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani)

strawberry clover (Trifolium fragiferum)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

water speedwell (Veronica catenata)

western germander (Teucrium canadense var. occidentale)

western panic grass (Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agrostis gigantea (redtop)

Alisma subcordatum (American water plantain)

Alisma triviale (northern water plantain)

Allium canadense var. canadense (meadow garlic)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Argentina anserina ssp. anserina (silverweed)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Bolboschoenus fluviatilis (river bulrush)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Carduus nutans (musk thistle)

Carex hallii (deer sedge)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Convolvulus arvensis (field bindweed)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum (western panic grass)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Elymus repens (quackgrass)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Grindelia squarrosa (curly-cup gumweed)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Juncus balticus var. littoralis (Baltic rush)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Lepidium densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Lobelia spicata (palespike lobelia)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mirabilis nyctaginea (heart-leaved four o’clock)

Morus rubra (red mulberry) *

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Ranunculus cymbalaria (alkali buttercup)

Ratibida columnifera (long-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sagittaria latifolia (broad-leaved arrowhead)

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani (soft-stem bulrush)

Sisyrinchium campestre (prairie blue-eyed grass)

Solidago altissima ssp. gilvocanescens (shorthair goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sparganium eurycarpum (common bur-reed)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense var. occidentale (western germander)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium fragiferum (strawberry clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Typha x glauca (hybrid cattail)

Verbena bracteata (bracted vervain)

Verbena hastata var. scabra (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Veronica catenata (water speedwell)

Xanthium strumarium (rough cocklebur)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

 

alfalfa

American plum

broad-leaved arrowhead

Canada anemone

catnip

common dandelion

common sneezeweed

common yarrow

field bindweed

foxtail barley

hedge bindweed

long-headed coneflower

Maximilian’s sunflower

palespike lobelia (var. spicata)

prairie fleabane (var. strigosus)

purple prairie clover

red clover

Russian olive

swamp milkweed

white prairie clover

white sweet clover

whorled milkweed

yellow sweet clover

 
 

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* Immediately adjacent to the site and hanging over the fence, but the trunk not within the SNA boundary.

     

 

 

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