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Area and County

Dakota County

 

 

 


Size

320 acres

 
 
Maps

Trail and Ground Maps

Trail maps are available at the visitor center.

 
Parking

N44 53.497, W93 6.011

 
Hiking Trails

6 miles hiking

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

St. Paul-Baldwin Plains

Land Type Association(s)

Wescott Moraine

 
Native Plant Communities1 None
 
Natural Features

Prairies, hardwood forests, lakes, wetlands, and an oak savanna restoration project.


Ownership

 
Links

Dodge Nature Center


Comments

In the summer the site is busy with school children on class field trips.


Visits

9/19/2012

   

 

 

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Amphibians

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

American toad


Birds

One tracked bird species species have been seen here:

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)

Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Black-capped Chickadee

Canada Goose

Dark-eyed Junco

Wild Turkey

 


Fungi and Lichens

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Artist’s Conk


Insects and Arachnids

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

common green darner (Anax junius)

eastern boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

common green darner

mourning cloak

 


Mammals

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

black squirrel (melanistic eastern gray squirrel) (Sciurus carolinensis)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus)

meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus pennsylvanicus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American red squirrel

meadow vole


Plants

Four plant species with conservation status in Minnesota and one species on the watch list are found here:

 

Endangered

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

 

Threatened

brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba var. triloba)

 

Special concern

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

white wild indigo (Baptisia lactea var. lactea)

 

Watch list

honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)

 
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American burnweed (Erechtites hieraciifolius var. hieraciifolius)

American elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American highbush cranberry (Viburnum opulus var. americanum)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American stickseed (Hackelia deflexa var. americana)

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

arrowleaf tearthumb (Persicaria sagittata)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black spruce (Picea mariana)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

blue spruce (Picea pungens)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba var. triloba)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butter and eggs (Linaria vulgaris)

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

calico aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian clearweed (Pilea pumila)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

chicory (Cichorium intybus)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curlytop knotweed (Persicaria lapathifolia)

desert false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)

devil’s beggarticks (Bidens frondosa)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

giant foxtail (Setaria faberi)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

great burdock (Arctium lappa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy sunflower (Helianthus hirsutus)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica var. japonica)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

night-flowering catchfly (Silene noctiflora)

nodding bur marigold (Bidens cernua)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra var. glabra)

paradise apple (Malus pumila)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie crabapple (Malus ioensis)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

purple giant hyssop (Agastache scrophulariifolia)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red goosefoot (Chenopodium rubrum)

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 blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

sky-blue aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense var. oolentangiense)

slender Russian thistle (Salsola collina)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

soft agrimony (Agrimonia pubescens)

spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall goldenrod (Solidago altissima ssp. altissima)

Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

virgin’s bower (Clematis virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white mulberry (Morus alba)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white poplar (Populus alba)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white turtlehead (Chelone glabra)

white vervain (Verbena urticifolia)

white wild indigo (Baptisia lactea var. lactea)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

winter vetch (Vicia villosa ssp. villosa)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Aesculus glabra var. glabra (Ohio buckeye)

Agastache foeniculum (blue giant hyssop)

Agastache scrophulariifolia (purple giant hyssop)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Agrimonia pubescens (soft agrimony)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha fruticosa (desert false indigo)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Arctium lappa (great burdock)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum (northern lady fern)

Baptisia lactea var. lactea (white wild indigo)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Bidens cernua (nodding bur marigold)

Bidens frondosa (devil’s beggarticks)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos (spotted knapweed)

Chelone glabra (white turtlehead)

Chenopodium rubrum (red goosefoot)

Cichorium intybus (chicory)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Clematis virginiana (virgin’s bower)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Erechtites hieraciifolius var. hieraciifolius (American burnweed)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium (rattlesnake master)

Fallopia japonica var. japonica (Japanese knotweed)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust)

Hackelia deflexa var. americana (American stickseed)

Helianthus hirsutus (hairy sunflower)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Juglans cinerea (butternut)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lonicera tatarica (Tartarian honeysuckle)

Malus ioensis (prairie crabapple)

Malus pumila (paradise apple)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Morus alba (white mulberry)

Morus rubra (red mulberry)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Persicaria lapathifolia (curlytop knotweed)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Persicaria sagittata (arrowleaf tearthumb)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea mariana (black spruce)

Picea pungens (blue spruce)

Pilea pumila (Canadian clearweed)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Pinus sylvestris (Scotch pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus alba (white poplar)

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia triloba var. triloba (brown-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salsola collina (slender Russian thistle)

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis (American elderberry)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Setaria faberi (giant foxtail)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Silene noctiflora (night-flowering catchfly)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Solidago altissima ssp. altissima (tall goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (calico aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Symphyotrichum oolentangiense var. oolentangiense (sky-blue aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

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 urticifolia (white vervain)

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)

Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American highbush cranberry)

Vicia villosa ssp. villosa (winter vetch)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

absinth wormwood

alsike clover

American elderberry

American highbush cranberry

big bluestem

black cherry

black raspberry

blue spruce

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

butter and eggs

chicory

common mullein

cup plant

desert false indigo

giant foxtail

gray-headed coneflower

gray dogwood

ironwood

Morrow’s honeysuckle

nannyberry

narrow-leaved purple coneflower

New England aster

northern lady fern

Iowa crabapple

prairie onion

rattlesnake master

reed canary grass

rough-fruited cinquefoil

round-headed bush clover

sensitive fern

spotted knapweed

spotted touch-me-not

virgin’s bower

Virginia waterleaf

white clover

white snakeroot

white wild indigo

winter vetch

woodland strawberry

yellow wood sorrel


Reptiles

One tracked reptile species has been seen here:

 

Tracked

common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

 
 

common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

common snapping turtle


 

 

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