Avon Hills Forest SNA

North Unit

               
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Area and County

Stearns County

 

 

 


Size

269 acres

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Maps

Printable Map with GPS coordinates

 
Parking

N45 38.209, W94 30.032

There is a small parking lot at the northeast corner of the SNA on Quaker Road.

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

Deer only, by archery. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

Hardwood Hills

Land Type Association(s)

Holdingford Till Plain

St. Rosa Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Black Ash - (Red Maple) Seepage Swamp

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh

Red Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous Till)

Tamarack Swamp (Southern)


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Avon Hills Forest SNA

Minnesota DNR


Comments

Land Bridges
The red oak/basswood forest is effectively divided into two sections by a tamarack swamp. The southwestern section of forest comprises about 20% of the SNA. This section can be accessed by crossing one of two “land bridges”, raised areas about the width of an old forest road. The locations of these crossings and their GPS coordinates are marked on the topographic map (see Maps above).


Visits

5/29/2010

5/9/2012

   

 

 

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Amphibians

boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

wood frog (Rana sylvatica)

wood frog


Birds

Five bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen on at least one of the units of this SNA:

 

Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

American Goldfinch

Black-capped Chickadee

Chipping Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Sandhill Crane

Wild Turkey


Fungi and Lichens

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Artist’s Conk


Insects and Arachnids

American lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

common green darner (Anax junius)

eastern tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma americanum)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

whirligig beetle (Subfamily Gyrininae)

American lady

eastern tent caterpillar

monarch


Mammals

eastern fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Plants

Plants frequently found in:

Black Ash - (Red Maple) Seepage Swamp WFn57a

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh MRn83

Red Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous Till) MHc36a

Tamarack Swamp (Southern) FPs63a

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

Bell’s honeysuckle (Lonicera × bella)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

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

common juniper (Juniperus communis var. depressa)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. pubescens)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

grove sandwort (Moehringia lateriflora)

interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tamarack (Larix laricina)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

water horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

white oak (Quercus alba)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Anemone americana (round-lobed hepatica)

Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia (wood anemone)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum (northern lady fern)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Equisetum fluviatile (water horsetail)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Juniperus communis var. depressa (common juniper)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Larix laricina (tamarack)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lonicera × bella (Bell’s honeysuckle)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Moehringia lateriflora (grove sandwort)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Ribes cynosbati (eastern prickly gooseberry)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Staphylea trifolia (American bladdernut)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Tilia americana (American basswood)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viola pubescens var. pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

American basswood

American bladdernut

black cherry

bloodroot

blue cohosh

chokecherry

common false Solomon’s seal

common mullein

early meadow rue

fragrant bedstraw

interrupted fern

large-flowered bellwort

northern prickly ash

pagoda dogwood

round-lobed hepatica

tall meadow rue

wild columbine

wild geranium

wood anemone

woodland strawberry

 


Reptiles

One tracked reptile species is found on at least one of the units of this SNA:

 

Tracked

common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

 
 

common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

common snapping turtle


 

 

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