Cold Spring Heron Colony SNA

       
   

Area and County

    Stearns County
    Central Minnesota
     
 

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Size

64 acres

 
 
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Parking

N45 27.690, W94 23.538

Park in the lot at the end of 233rd St.

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

No hunting

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)  

Hardwood Hills

Land Type Association(s)

Vawler Moraine

 
Native Plant Communities1

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

Silver Maple - Green Ash - Cottonwood Terrace Forest

 
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Links

Minnesota DNR

 
Comments

Semi-unrestricted Access
Until recently, access to the area north of the river was by permit only. In 2013, visiting restrictions were dropped. The impracticality of crossing the river to the largest part of the SNA remains.

Water Trail
The Sauk River State Water Trail passes through the site.

 
Visits

5/9/2012

   

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Birds

Great Blue Herons have not nested on the site since 1989.

 
 

One bird species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

 

Special concern

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

American Goldfinch

Black-capped Chickadee

 
Insects and Arachnids

eastern tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma americanum)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

eastern tent caterpillar

 
Plants

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

Silver Maple - Green Ash - Cottonwood Terrace Forest FFs59a

 

 

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