Felton Prairie SNA

Shrike Unit

 

 

     
 
About
 
 

Ownership

 
 

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Felton Prairie SNA consists of four units, all within the much larger Felton Prairie Complex. The Blazing Star Unit is owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and is referred to as Blazing Star Prairie. The eastern half of the Bicentennial Unit is owned by the Minnesota DNR. The western half, and land adjacent to it, is owned by Clay County. The Assiniboia Skipper and Shrike Units are owned by the Minnesota DNR.

 
     
 

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Felton Prairie

Minnesota DNR

 
     
 

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Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

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Felton Prairie SNA Complete

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Size

 
 

86 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

N47 4.719, W96 26.062

 
         
 

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          Clay County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Red River Valley

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Red River Prairie

   
  Land Type Association    

Felton Lake Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Mesic Prairie (Northern)

Wet Prairie (Northern)

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

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Mesic Prairie (Northern)

 
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About

Apr 2, 2020

Time for a beach day, but not in the way you might think though. Felton Prairie SNA is an important gravel prairie complex that is associated with the former shoreline of Glacial Lake Agassiz. Lake Agassiz was a giant lake, larger than all of the Great Lakes combined! It covered most of Manitoba and extended into other Canadian provinces and U.S. states, including Minnesota.

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Visits

8/22/2009

  8/16/2017            
 
 

Birds

 
 

Fifteen bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen on at least one of the units of this SNA:

Endangered

Baird’s Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii)

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calcarius ornatus)

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii)

Threatened

 

Special Concern

Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammospiza nelsoni)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

Minnesota’s Pine to Prairie Birding Trail

National Audubon Society – Felton Prairie IBA

eBird Field Checklist

 
  Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)   Mourning Dove  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

seven-spotted lady beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)

  great spangled fritillary  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Endangered

western prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera praeclara)

Special Concern

blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata)

blunt sedge (Carex obtusata)

dry sedge (Carex xerantica)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

spikeoat (Avenula hookeri)

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

Wet Prairie (Northern) WPn53c

     
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

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

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sow thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis ssp. uliginosus)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

green milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Kalm’s lobelia (Lobelia kalmii)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

meadow horsetail (Equisetum pratense)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

Riddell’s goldenrod (Solidago riddellii)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

sawtooth sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

silverweed (Argentina anserina ssp. anserina)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum var. bruneri)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

white prairie aster (Symphyotrichum falcatum var. commutatum)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

 

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Argentina anserina ssp. anserina (silverweed)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Asclepias viridiflora (green milkweed)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Equisetum pratense (meadow horsetail)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Eutrochium maculatum var. bruneri (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Grindelia squarrosa (curly-cup gumweed)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Helianthus grosseserratus (sawtooth sunflower)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris ligulistylis (northern plains blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lobelia kalmii (Kalm’s lobelia)

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

Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus (northern bugleweed)

Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)

Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Solidago riddellii (Riddell’s goldenrod)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis ssp. uliginosus (field sow thistle)

Sonchus oleraceus (common sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Symphyotrichum falcatum var. commutatum (white prairie aster)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

 

black-eyed susan

bottle gentian

common boneset

common evening primrose

common sneezeweed

fringed loosestrife

green milkweed

Maximilian’s sunflower

purple loosestrife

purple prairie clover

sawtooth sunflower

wild licorice

wild mint

 
 

Reptiles

 
 

One reptile species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen on at least one of the units of this SNA:

Special Concern

western hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus)

 

 

 

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