Butternut Valley Prairie SNA

               
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Area and County

Blue Earth County

 

 

 


Size

12½ acres

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Maps

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N44 7.538, W94 20.947

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification

Section

North Central Glaciated Plains

Subsection(s)

Minnesota River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Gibbon Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

Wet Prairie (Southern)


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Links

Minnesota DNR


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History
This SNA was designated June 29, 2009.

Parking
There is no ditch crossing or field access that would allow a visitor to pull off of the road. Park on the west shoulder of 478th Ave.


Visits

10/2/2012

7/11/2013

   

 

 

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Wet Prairie (Southern)

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  Butternut Valley Prairie Scientific and Natural Area
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These photos are from one of the many unique ecosystems that are protected through Minnesota's array of Scientific and Natural Areas.

The Butternut Valley Prairie Scientific and Natural Area is a mixture of well-preserved mesic and wet prairie.

 
     
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Described by regional SNA staff Brad Bolduan as "a little jewel," this small prairie remnant showcases outstanding biodiversity with little invasion of non-native species. Never drained, cultivated, nor grazed the only regular activities included haying, seed harvest and burning which has contributed to the site's excellent condition.

 
 

 

 

 

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  Prairie Rose Cafe
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The prairie rose is a common prairie wildflower and a good place to watch a variety of insects dining. The insects range from slow moving beetles to these flies that are in constant motion. The challenge is filming them on a day that is not too bright or windy, both conditions that the insects thrive in but are a nightmare for recording. Both video and audio were recorded using an iPhone6. Flight was slowed recording at 240 fps and played at 30 fps.

 
     

 

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Birds

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

American Robin

Red-winged Blackbird


Fungi and Lichens

Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata)

Crown Rust


Insects and Arachnids

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

northern crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

northern crescent

widow skimmer


Mammals

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

plains pocket gopher


Plants

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

 

Threatened

Sullivant’s milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)

 

Special concern

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

Wet Prairie (Southern) WPs54b

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American plum (Prunus americana)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior)

Buxbaum’s sedge (Carex buxbaumii)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

four-flowered yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

mountain death camas (Anticlea elegans var. elegans)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

shining bedstraw (Galium concinnum)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

smooth rose (Rosa blanda var. blanda)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

southern blue flag (Iris virginica var. shrevei)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

Sullivant’s milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Anticlea elegans var. elegans (mountain death camas)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias sullivantii (Sullivant’s milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior (butterfly weed)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Carex buxbaumii (Buxbaum’s sedge)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium (rattlesnake master)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium concinnum (shining bedstraw)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Hesperostipa spartea (porcupine grass)

Iris virginica var. shrevei (southern blue flag)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Lysimachia quadriflora (four-flowered yellow loosestrife)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rosa blanda var. blanda (smooth rose)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

alfalfa

American black currant

American plum

chokecherry

downy phlox

false sunflower

leadplant

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

rattlesnake master

smooth rose

Sullivant’s milkweed

yellow goat’s beard

 


 

 

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