Chippewa Prairie

 

 

     
 
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Size

 
 

1,383 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

Chippewa Swift St. NW
The best parking in this area is a large natural surface parking lot at Chippewa Swift St. NW and 210th Ave. SW. Lac qui Parle WMA, Main Unit, is to the southwest of this intersection, Chippewa Prairie is to the northwest and southeast, and private property is to the northeast.

N45 9.115, W96 0.046

 
         
 

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          Chippewa and Swift Counties  
          Southwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

North Central Glaciated Plains

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Minnesota River Prairie

   
  Land Type Association    

Clontarf Lake Plain
Milan Alluvial Plaiin

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern)

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

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

Natural Features

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painted Prairie

Visit in early September for an unforgettable display of blazing star and goldenrod.

 

 

Spring Flooding

During a wet spring the prairie may be flooded.

           
 
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Mesic Prairie (Southern)

 
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Amphibians

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
  northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)   northern leopard frog  
 

Birds

 
 

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

Special Concern

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

 
 

Minnesota River Valley Birding Trail

eBird Field Checklist (Chippewa Co.)

eBird Field Checklist (Swift Co.)

 
 

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

 

American Goldfinch

American Robin

Mourning Dove

Ring-necked Pheasant

 
 

Fishes

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

 
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

Two insect and arachnid species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)

Special Concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
 

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

clouded sulphur (Colias philodice)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern tailed-blue (Cupido comyntas)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

grass spider (Agelenopsis sp.)

great black digger wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

red-legged grasshopper (Melanoplus femurrubrum)

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

soldier fly (Hedriodiscus binotatus)

tawny-edged skipper (Polites themistocles)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

western tailed-blue (Cupido amyntula amyntula)

 

Carolina grasshopper

dog day cicada

eastern tailed-blue

regal fritillary

 
 

Mammals

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

 
  plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)   plains pocket gopher  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Special Concern

flexile milkvetch (Astragalus flexuosus var. flexuosus)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern) UPs13d

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

     
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

bearded wheatgrass (Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

bracted vervain (Verbena bracteata)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada bluegrass (Poa compressa)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

downy gentian (Gentiana puberulenta)

Dudley’s rush (Juncus dudleyi)

dwarf false indigo (Amorpha nana)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

fowl bluegrass (Poa palustris)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

green needlegrass (Nassella viridula)

grooved yellow flax (Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum)

ground plum (Astragalus crassicarpus var. crassicarpus)

hairy four o’clock (Mirabilis albida)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Leiberg’s panic grass (Dichanthelium leibergii)

long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

Macoun’s reedgrass (Calamagrostis canadensis var. macouniana)

marijuana (Cannabis sativa var. sativa)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

Missouri goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium campestre)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. triflorum)

prairie turnip (Pediomelum esculentum)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

prostrate knotweed (Polygonum aviculare)

purple locoweed (Oxytropis lambertii var. lambertii)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

quackgrass (Elymus repens)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

rough bentgrass (Agrostis scabra)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera var. aspera)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera var. aspera f. benkei)

sawtooth sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus)

shorthair goldenrod (Solidago altissima ssp. gilvocanescens)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum var. bruneri)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

switch grass (Panicum virgatum var. virgatum)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

toothed evening primrose (Oenothera serrulata)

violet wood sorrel (Oxalis violacea)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

water pepper (Persicaria hydropiper)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white prairie aster (Symphyotrichum falcatum var. commutatum)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agrostis scabra (rough bentgrass)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amorpha nana (dwarf false indigo)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Astragalus crassicarpus var. crassicarpus (ground plum)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calamagrostis canadensis var. macouniana (Macoun’s reedgrass)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Cannabis sativa var. sativa (marijuana)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Dichanthelium leibergii (Leiberg’s panic grass)

Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Elymus repens (quackgrass)

Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus (bearded wheatgrass)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eutrochium maculatum var. bruneri (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Gentiana puberulenta (downy gentian)

Geum triflorum var. triflorum (prairie smoke)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Grindelia squarrosa (curly-cup gumweed)

Helianthus grosseserratus (sawtooth sunflower)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra (smooth oxeye)

Hesperostipa spartea (porcupine grass)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Juncus dudleyi (Dudley’s rush)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Lepidium densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Liatris aspera var. aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris aspera var. aspera f. benkei (rough blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum (grooved yellow flax)

Lithospermum occidentale (western marbleseed)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mirabilis albida (hairy four o’clock)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Nassella viridula (green needlegrass)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oenothera serrulata (toothed evening primrose)

Oxalis violacea (violet wood sorrel)

Oxytropis lambertii var. lambertii (purple locoweed)

Panicum virgatum var. virgatum (switch grass)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Pediomelum esculentum (prairie turnip)

Persicaria hydropiper (water pepper)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Poa compressa (Canada bluegrass)

Poa palustris (fowl bluegrass)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Polygonum aviculare (prostrate knotweed)

Potentilla recta (sulphur cinquefoil)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Ratibida columnifera (long-headed coneflower)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Sisyrinchium campestre (prairie blue-eyed grass)

Solidago altissima ssp. gilvocanescens (shorthair goldenrod)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago missouriensis (Missouri goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum falcatum var. commutatum (white prairie aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Symphyotrichum sericeum (silky aster)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow-rue)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena bracteata (bracted vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

 

absinth wormwood

alsike clover

bottle gentian

Canada anemone

common evening primrose

common mullein

common yarrow

dotted blazing star

downy gentian

field thistle

heart-leaved golden alexanders

leadplant

long-headed coneflower

Maximilian’s sunflower

New England aster

prairie fleabane (var. strigosus)

prairie ironweed

prairie onion

prairie rose

prairie violet

purple locoweed

sulphur cinquefoil

silky aster

spotted Joe Pye weed

swamp milkweed

tall cinquefoil

tall meadow-rue

toothed evening primrose

violet wood sorrel

white clover

white prairie clover

whorled milkweed

yellow sweet clover

 

 

 

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