Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie

       
   

Area and County

    Lincoln County
    Southwest Minnesota
     
 

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Size

1,364 acres

 
 
Maps

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West Section

 

East Section

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Parking

N44 14.402, W96 17.925

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

North Central Glaciated Plains

Subsection(s)  

Coteau Moraines

Land Type Association(s)

Buffalo Ridge

Woodstock Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern)

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

Prairie Meadow/Carr

Wet Prairie (Southern)

Wet Seepage Prairie (Southern)


Ownership

The Nature Conservancy logo

 
Links

The Nature Conservancy


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Visits

7/2/2005

  7/11/2018  

7/12/2018

  7/13/2018

 

 

 

 

       

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Laura Baxley


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Silver leaves

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Hilltop pulloff

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Access road and parking

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Sign at southeast corner

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Dry Hill Prairie (Southern)

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Prairie Meadow/Carr

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Mesic Prairie (Southern) on the left, Dry Hill Prairie (Southern) on the right

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Undulating hills

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Amphibians

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

 


Insects and Arachnids

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

swamp milkweed leaf beetle (Labidomera clivicollis)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

regal fritillary

Plants

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

desert false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

musk thistle (Carduus nutans)

leadplant


Reptiles

common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) or plains garter snake (Thamnophis radix)

 


 

 

MinnesotaSeasons.com Observations

   

Amphibians

================= 7/11 to 7/13/2018 =================

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

 


Bacteria

================= 7/11 to 7/13/2018 =================

Pst (Pseudomonas syringae pv. tagetis)

Pst


Birds

One bird species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

 

Special concern

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

 
 

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

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Brown-headed Cowbird

Mourning Dove

Ring-necked Pheasant


Fungi and Lichens

 

 


Insects and Arachnids

This is one of only two sites in Minnesota where the Uncas skipper can be found.

 
 

Three insect species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

 

Endangered

Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae)

Ottoe skipper (Hesperia ottoe)

Uncas skipper (Hesperia uncas)

 
 

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

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achemon sphinx (Eumorpha achemon)

Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae)

widow skimmer

Mammals

Other mammals seen here but not listed below include meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius), meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus), northern short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicauda), and prairie deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus bairdii)

 
 

eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

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eastern cottontail

Plants

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

 

Special concern

flexile milkvetch (Astragalus flexuosus var. flexuosus)

prairie moonwort (Botrychium campestre)

red three-awn (Aristida purpurea var. longiseta)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

small-leaved pussytoes (Antennaria parvifolia)

velvety goldenrod (Solidago mollis)

 

Watch list

Tolstead’s Robin’s plantain (Erigeron pulchellus var. tolsteadii)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest MHs38b

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern) UPs13d

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

Prairie Meadow/Carr WMp73a

Wet Prairie (Southern) WPs54b

Wet Seepage Prairie (Southern) WPs54a

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

arum-leaved arrowhead (Sagittaria cuneata)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

charlock mustard (Sinapis arvensis)

chicory (Cichorium intybus)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

green milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora)

heart-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

lesser bladderwort (Utricularia minor)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie turnip (Pediomelum esculentum)

purple locoweed (Oxytropis lambertii var. lambertii)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata var. maculata)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

toothed evening primrose (Oenothera serrulata)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum)

woundwort (Stachys pilosa var. arenicola)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

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alsike clover

Canadian milkvetch

chicory

common yarrow

false sunflower

green milkweed

leadplant

narrow-leaved purple coneflower

prairie rose

spotted water hemlock

swamp milkweed

toothed evening primrose

wood lily


Reptiles

================= 7/11 to 7/13/2018 =================

common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) or plains garter snake (Thamnophis radix)

 


 

 

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