Cottonwood River Prairie SNA

               
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Area and County

Brown County

 

 

 


Size

478 acres

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Prairie Champion Unit

Prairie Sky Unit

Railroad Prairie Unit

 
Parking

Prairie Champion Unit
N44 12.141, W95 06.171

Prairie Sky Unit, Railroad Prairie
N44 11.664, W95 03.576

 
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)

Renville Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

Prairie Wetland Complex

Wet Prairie (Southern)


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Comments

This SNA includes three interconnected units.


Visits

9/13/2010

   

 

 

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Prairie Champion Unit

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Prairie Wetland Complex

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Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

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Railroad Prairie Unit

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Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

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Mound Creek

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  Cottonwood River Prairie SNA
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  Cottonwood River Prairie SNA  
 
About

The abandoned rail line at the heart of this SNA exemplifies the long-standing association between prairie conservation and railroad corridors, which provide accidental refuge for native species on the uncultivated rights of way (along with an occasional spark-generated revitalizing fire).

 
     

 

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  First Snow
Dale Bohlke
 
   
 
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The first snow falling on the prairie is a quiet, peaceful, and beautiful event. The warm autumn colors will gradually be replaced with white and then the winds will return. In the meantime a stillness descends on the prairie.

Relaxing Piano Music" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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  At the Rock
Dale Bohlke
 
   
 
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During the month of June I set a camera trap at a small puddle in some isolated rocks on Cottonwood Prairie SNA. I was hoping to get some mice or small rodents so the colorful male ring neck pheasant was a surprise. The only night visitor was a passing raccoon. Sound during the camera trap video was recorded live. Still images from an iPhone6. Editing in Final Cut.

 
     
  Prairie Clouds
Dale Bohlke
 
   
 
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High clouds and warm light made this evening a time-lapse photographer's dream. Two cameras were used to record the drama. Recorded at Cottonwood River Prairie SNA in Minnesota.

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  Prairie Bush Clover
Adam Arvidson
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 5, 2012

Prairie Bush Clover (Lespedeza leptostachya) at Cottonwood River Scientific and Natural Area in Minnesota, August, 2010.

 
     

 

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Amphibians

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

northern leopard frog

Birds

Four bird species with conservation status in Minnesota ahave been seen here:

 

Endangered

Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)

 

Special concern

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)

Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)

American Goldfinch

Black-capped Chickadee

Canada Goose

Mourning Dove

 

 


Insects and Arachnids

bicolored agapostemon (Agapostemon virescens)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

celery looper (Anagrapha falcifera)

common buckeye (Junonia coenia)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis f. succinea)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

spiny assassin bug (Sinea spinipes)

common buckeye

orange sulphur

red admiral

 


Mammals

eastern fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

woodchuck (Marmota monax)

eastern fox squirrel

Plants

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

 

Threatened

prairie bush clover (Lespedeza leptostachya)

 

Special concern

buffalo grass (Buchloë dactyloides)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas (Bell Museum of Natural History) Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

Wet Prairie (Southern) WPs54b

 
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American plum (Prunus americana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

butter and eggs (Linaria vulgaris)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common hop (Humulus lupulus)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

desert false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

downy gentian (Gentiana puberulenta)

dyc (Flava composita var. damnatus)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

false boneset (Brickellia eupatorioides var. corymbulosa)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

giant foxtail (Setaria faberi)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica var. ludoviciana)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)

hairy four o’clock (Mirabilis albida)

hairy sunflower (Helianthus hirsutus)

heart-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Pennsylvania smartweed (Persicaria pensylvanica)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough bugleweed (Lycopus asper)

rough cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa var. speciosa)

showy partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata var. fasciculata)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slender-leaf false foxglove (Agalinis tenuifolia)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

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 clover (Dalea candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

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)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agalinis tenuifolia (slender-leaf false foxglove)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amorpha fruticosa (desert false indigo)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia frigida (prairie sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Brickellia eupatorioides var. corymbulosa (false boneset)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Chamaecrista fasciculata var. fasciculata (showy partridge pea)

Cirsium altissimum (tall thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Dalea candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Flava composita var. damnatus (dyc)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Gentiana puberulenta (downy gentian)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Grindelia squarrosa (curly-cup gumweed)

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Helianthus hirsutus (hairy sunflower)

Helianthus maximilianii (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Helianthus tuberosus (Jerusalem artichoke)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Heterotheca villosa (hairy false goldenaster)

Humulus lupulus (common hop)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lactuca canadensis (Canada lettuce)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)

Lithospermum occidentale (western marbleseed)

Lobelia siphilitica var. ludoviciana (great blue lobelia)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus asper (rough bugleweed)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mirabilis albida (hairy four o’clock)

Mirabilis nyctaginea (heart-leaved four o’clock)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Persicaria pensylvanica (Pennsylvania smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Ratibida columnifera (long-headed coneflower)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Setaria faberi (giant foxtail)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa var. speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve (smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Symphyotrichum sericeum (silky aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Xanthium strumarium (rough cocklebur)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American plum

black-eyed susan

bottle gentian

butter and eggs

Canadian milkvetch

catnip

common evening primrose

common mullein

common yarrow

Culver’s root

downy gentian

false sunflower

field sow thistle

gray-headed coneflower

hairy false goldenaster

long-headed coneflower

narrow-leaved purple coneflower

New England aster

prairie cordgrass

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

round-headed bush clover

showy partridge pea

silky aster

stiff goldenrod

tall cinquefoil

western poison ivy

white prairie clover

white snakeroot

whorled milkweed

wild bergamot

wild licorice


Reptiles

common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

common garter snake


 

 

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