Crosby Farm Regional Park

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Area and County

Ramsey County





583 acres


Park Map (City of St. Paul)

Park Entrance

N44 53.752, W93 10.401

Hiking Trails

About 6.7 miles


No hunting

Ecological Classification


Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification


Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal


St. Paul-Baldwin Plains

Land Type Association(s)

Pig's Eye Alluvial Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Sedge Meadow

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest

Spikerush - Bur Reed Marsh (Northern)

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

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City of St. Paul

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At 583 acres Crosby Farm Regional Park is the largest park in the City of St. Paul park system. It sits north of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. It is near the northern end of a 22 mile continuous track of protected river corridor stretching from Cherokee Regional Park in St. Paul to Valleyfair in Shakopee.

Crosby Farm Regional Park provides 6.7 miles of hiking trails through river bottomland. It contains oak forested bluffs, floodplain forest, various wetlands, and two lakes. Four native plant communities are found within its borders. It is frequently flooded in the spring.






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Kirk Nelson

Except for the traffic noise from the freeway; you would hardly know you are in the heart of the cities.

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Upper Lake

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Mississippi River

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Wood ducks (male and female) and female Hooded Merganser with ducklings

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A floating boardwalk links a wildlife viewing blind to the fishing pier. Lake Crosby is home to a variety of waterfowl, eagles, beavers, and muskrats.

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Crosby Farm Regional Park is also a Partner Site of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

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West Parking Lot

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East Parking Lot

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Mapped Paved Trails

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Unmapped Natural Surface Trails

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Upper Lake

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Crosby Lake

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Mississippi River

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Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest

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Riverbottom Forest

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  Crosby Farm Regional Park Oddity
Cache Continuum

Published on Sep 28, 2012

While geocaching you can discover some unusual and cool places and things. I discover something that caught my eye while hiking and geocaching out in Crosby Farm Regional Park in St Paul, MN. While there is no geocache to be found directly with where this is found, Crosby Park has several geocaches to fill out your geocaching day.

Watch out for the blooper at the end!

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  Crosby Farm Regional Park - St Paul, MN

Published on Apr 20, 2014

Crosby Farms Regional Park at 736 acres is the largest natural park in the Saint Paul system of parks and it is an important component in a string of parks that protects the biodiversity of the Mississippi River corridor through the Twin Cities. The park protects mostly floodplain forest and adjacent steep, wooded slopes cloaked mostly in oak forest, a scattering of wetlands and small lakes (Crosby Lake and Upper Lake), and the Mississippi River shoreline.

  Video: Treasure Hunters brave cold to hunt for puck
Pioneer Press

Published on Mar 7, 2013

Day two of the St. Paul Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt lured a few brave hunters to Crosby Farm Regional Park Monday, Jan. 21 on the most frigid day of the year to date. One hunter describes his plan for finding the medallion -- and staying warm.

  The Cave of Crosby Regional Park
Cache Continuum

Published on Oct 19, 2012

While we do try to show us going caching, this was discovered while geocaching around Crosby Regional Park in St Paul, Minnesota. It was just tool cool to not see this cave on video.

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  Crosby Lake Regional Park Part 1

Uploaded on Jun 17, 2010

Me walking around Crosby Lake Regional Park in St Paul, MN





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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Great Blue Heron

Fungi and Lichens

Crown-tipped Coral (Artomyces pyxidatus)

Crown-tipped Coral


American beaver (Castor canadensis)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

prairie spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis var. occidentalis)

prairie spiderwort




green frog (Rana clamitans)

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

green frog


Two bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:



Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)



Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Minnesota DNR Bird Checklist


American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Northern Cardinal

Fungi and Lichens

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Tar Spot (Rhytisma americanum)

Tar Spot (Rhytisma americanum)

Insects and Arachnids

citrus flatid planthopper (Metcalfa pruinosa)

common whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

grape leaf miner moth (Phyllocnistis vitifoliella)

great black wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus)

hackberry nipplegall maker (Pachypsylla celtidismamma)

leaf miner fly (Liriomyza eupatoriella)

Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

citrus flatid planthopper

common whitetail

Japanese beetle


American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)

American red squirrel


One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:


Special concern

white wild indigo (Baptisia lactea var. lactea)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest FFs68a

Spikerush - Bur Reed Marsh (Northern) MRn93b

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a



absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

Allegheny monkeyflower (Mimulus ringens var. ringens)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American germander (Teucrium canadense)

American highbush cranberry (Viburnum opulus var. americanum)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American white waterlily (Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

Blue Ridge carrionflower (Smilax lasioneura)

blue spruce (Picea pungens)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata var. scabra)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bracted spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

broad-leaved arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

butter and eggs (Linaria vulgaris)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian clearweed (Pilea pumila)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

celandine (Chelidonium majus)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common bur-reed (Sparganium eurycarpum)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common duckweed (Lemna minor)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

dark green bulrush (Scirpus atrovirens)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

eastern bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix var. hystrix)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

European cranberrybush (Viburnum opulus var. opulus)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

four-flowered yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

giant chickweed (Myosoton aquaticum)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

great burdock (Arctium lappa)

greater duckweed (Spirodela polyrrhiza)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy hedge nettle (Stachys pilosa var. pilosa)

hairy wood mint (Blephilia hirsuta)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hemlock water-parsnip (Sium suave)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

lesser clearweed (Pilea fontana)

marsh skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata)

meadow horsetail (Equisetum pratense)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

North American common reed (Phragmites australis ssp. americanus)

northern catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana ssp. virginiana)

orchard grass (Dactylis glomerata ssp. glomerata)

pale touch-me-not (Impatiens pallida)

paleleaf woodland sunflower (Helianthus strumosus)

peachleaf willow (Salix amygdaloides)

Pennsylvania buttercup (Ranunculus pensylvanicus)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prickly sow thistle (Sonchus asper)

purple giant hyssop (Agastache scrophulariifolia)

purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red mulberry (Morus rubra)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

sage-leaved willow (Salix candida)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

soft-stem bulrush (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani)

spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

switch grass (Panicum virgatum var. virgatum)

tall bellflower (Campanulastrum americanum)

tall blue lettuce (Lactuca biennis)

tall boneset (Eupatorium altissimum)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

turion duckweed (Lemna turionifera)

variegated yellow pond lily (Nuphar variegata)

virgin’s bower (Clematis virginiana)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white mulberry (Morus alba)

white poplar (Populus alba)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white vervain (Verbena urticifolia)

white wild indigo (Baptisia lactea var. lactea)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)


Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agastache scrophulariifolia (purple giant hyssop)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Arctium lappa (great burdock)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Baptisia lactea var. lactea (white wild indigo)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Blephilia hirsuta (hairy wood mint)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Campanulastrum americanum (tall bellflower)

Catalpa speciosa (northern catalpa)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos (spotted knapweed)

chelidonium majus (celandine)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Clematis virginiana (virgin’s bower)

Convolvulus arvensis (field bindweed)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Dactylis glomerata ssp. glomerata (orchard grass)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Echinacea purpurea (eastern purple coneflower)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Elymus hystrix var. hystrix (eastern bottlebrush grass)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum pratense (meadow horsetail)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eupatorium altissimum (tall boneset)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Helianthus strumosus (paleleaf woodland sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Impatiens pallida (pale touch-me-not)

Lactuca biennis (tall blue lettuce)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lemna minor (common duckweed)

Lemna turionifera (turion duckweed)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lysimachia quadriflora (four-flowered yellow loosestrife)

Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Mimulus ringens var. ringens (Allegheny monkeyflower)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Morus alba (white mulberry)

Morus rubra (red mulberry)

Myosoton aquaticum (giant chickweed)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Nuphar variegata (variegated yellow pond lily)

Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa (American white waterlily)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Panicum virgatum var. virgatum (switch grass)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phragmites australis ssp. americanus (North American common reed)

Physostegia virginiana var. virginiana (obedient plant)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea pungens (blue spruce)

Pilea fontana (lesser clearweed)

Pilea pumila (Canadian clearweed)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus alba (white poplar)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Ranunculus pensylvanicus (Pennsylvania buttercup)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sagittaria latifolia (broad-leaved arrowhead)

Salix amygdaloides (peachleaf willow)

Salix candida (sage-leaved willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani (soft-stem bulrush)

Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Scutellaria galericulata (marsh skullcap)

Securigera varia (crown vetch)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Sium suave (hemlock water-parsnip)

Smilax lasioneura (Blue Ridge carrionflower)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus asper (prickly sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Sparganium eurycarpum (common bur-reed)

Spirodela polyrrhiza (greater duckweed)

Stachys pilosa var. pilosa (hairy hedge nettle)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense (American germander)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Tradescantia bracteata (bracted spiderwort)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata var. scabra (blue vervain)

Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American highbush cranberry)

Viburnum opulus var. opulus (European cranberrybush)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

absinth wormwood

Allegheny monkeyflower

American germander

American highbush cranberry

American white waterlily (ssp. tuberosa)

bird’s-foot trefoil

black raspberry

black-eyed susan

bracted spiderwort

broad-leaved arrowhead

butter and eggs

Canadian milkvetch

Canadian tick-trefoil


common evening primrose

common mullein

crown vetch

Culver’s root

eastern purple coneflower

European cranberrybush

four-flowered yellow loosestrife

golden alexanders

gray-headed coneflower

ground ivy

hedge bindweed

hoary alyssum

northern prickly ash

pale touch-me-not

poke milkweed

prairie fleabane (var. strigosus)

red clover

purple loosestrife

rough cinquefoil

spotted touch-me-not

swamp milkweed

tall bellflower

tall boneset

variegated yellow pond lily

virgin’s bower

white campion

white snakeroot

white wild indigo

wild geranium

yellow sweet clover


common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

common garter snake




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