Felton Prairie SNA

Shrike Unit






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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.




Felton Prairie

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Felton Prairie SNA Complete

  Shrike Unit  
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86 acres




N47 4.719, W96 26.062


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          Clay County  
          Northwest Minnesota  

Hiking Trails


No maintained trails




No hunting


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      

Natural Features








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Mesic Prairie (Northern)

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  Felton Prairie Scientific and Natural Area Virtual Hike
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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


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)



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 (Argynnis cybele)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

seven-spotted lady beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)

  great spangled fritillary  



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


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



absinthe wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American stinging nettle (Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis)

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)

Bruner’s spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum var. bruneri)

Canada anemone (Anemonastrum canadense)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sowthistle (Sonchus oleraceus)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

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)

moist sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis ssp. uliginosus)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus 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)

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)

Anemonastrum canadense (Canada anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Argentina anserina ssp. anserina (silverweed)

Artemisia absinthium (absinthe 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 (Bruner’s 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 (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 (moist sowthistle)

Sonchus oleraceus (common sowthistle)

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 gracilis ssp. gracilis (American 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




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

Special Concern

plains hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus)







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