Holthe Prairie SNA

 

 

     
 
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Size

 
 

148 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

An unmarked, minimum-maintenance road leads west ¾ mile from County Road 19 (510th Ave.) to this site. Navigation software and devices do not show this road.

Access Road
N43 45.235, W95 3.291

There is a small parking lot near the gate that blocks the access road.

Parking Lot
N43 45.226, W95 4.199

 
         
 

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          Jackson County  
          Southwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

There are no maintained trails. The access road continues beyond a gate at the parking area to gravel pits beyond the western edge of the SNA.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

North Central Glaciated Plains

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Coteau Moraines

   
  Land Type Association    

Windom Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

 

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

Natural Features

     
 

Calcareous Fen (Southwestern)

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern)

Southern Seepage Meadow/Carr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four-wheel drive recommended

In the spring the access road to this site may be washed out in spots. Be prepared to walk unless you are driving a vehicle with high clearance and four-wheel drive. In the summer the road is passable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosquito headnet recommended

 

 

Visitors in the spring are advised to bring a headnet or a bandana to cover their nose and mouth. Black flies (gnats) can get thick enough in late May to make breathing an adventure. The gnats are gone by July.

 

 

 

 

           
 
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Unmarked Access Road

 
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Parking

 
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Wood Routed Sign

 
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Pond

 
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Frog Crossing

 
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Des Moines River

 
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Dry Hill Prairie (Southern)

 
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Southern Seepage Meadow/Carr

 
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Other Prairie

 
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Early Spring

 
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Visits

4/9/2005

  5/28/2009   7/10/2012        
 
 

Amphibians

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
  northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)   northern leopard frog  
 

Birds

 
 

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

Endangered

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

 

American Goldfinch

American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Brown-headed Cowbird

Mourning Dove

Song Sparrow

 
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
  Cedar-hawthorn Rust (Gymnosporangium globosum)   Cedar-hawthorn Rust  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

black fly (Family Simuliidae)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern amberwing (Perithemis tenera)

eastern tailed-blue (Cupido comyntas)

eastern tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma americanum)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

margined calligrapher (Toxomerus marginatus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

 

dog day cicada

eastern tent caterpillar

monarch

twelve-spotted skimmer

 
 

Mammals

 
 

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  whitetail deer  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Threatened

hair-like beak-rush (Rhynchospora capillacea)

prairie bush clover (Lespedeza leptostachya)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Calcareous Fen (Southwestern) OPp93b

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern) UPs13d

Southern Seepage Meadow/Carr WMs83

     
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American germander (Teucrium canadense)

American lopseed (Phryma leptostachya)

American plum (Prunus americana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

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

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bracted vervain (Verbena bracteata)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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)

corn (Zea mays)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

desert false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)

downy hawthorn (Crataegus mollis var. mollis)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

fen grass of Parnassus (Parnassia glauca)

field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

field brome (Bromus arvensus)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

giant green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. major)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

Great Plains ladies’ tresses (Spiranthes magnicamporum)

great water dock (Rumex britannica)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

marijuana (Cannabis sativa var. sativa)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

musk thistle (Carduus nutans)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium campestre)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie turnip (Pediomelum esculentum)

prickly sow thistle (Sonchus asper)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

roadside agrimony (Agrimonia striata)

rough cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

shining bedstraw (Galium concinnum)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

soft agrimony (Agrimonia pubescens)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

tall blue lettuce (Lactuca biennis)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow star grass (Hypoxis hirsuta)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agrimonia pubescens (soft agrimony)

Agrimonia striata (roadside agrimony)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amorpha fruticosa (desert false indigo)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior (butterfly weed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bromus arvensus (field brome)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Cannabis sativa var. sativa (marijuana)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Carduus nutans (musk thistle)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Convolvulus arvensis (field bindweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Crataegus mollis var. mollis (downy hawthorn)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium concinnum (shining bedstraw)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Hypoxis hirsuta (yellow star grass)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lactuca biennis (tall blue lettuce)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lepidium densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lithospermum occidentale (western marbleseed)

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

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parnassia glauca (fen grass of Parnassus)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Pediomelum esculentum (prairie turnip)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phryma leptostachya (American lopseed)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Rumex britannica (great water dock)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Setaria viridis var. major (giant green foxtail)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Sisyrinchium campestre (prairie blue-eyed grass)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus asper (prickly sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spiranthes magnicamporum (Great Plains ladies’ tresses)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense (American germander)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena bracteata (bracted vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Xanthium strumarium (rough cocklebur)

Zea mays (corn)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

 

alsike clover

American germander

American plum

black raspberry

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

butterfly weed

chokecherry

common mullein

common yarrow

cup plant

cut-leaved coneflower

desert false indigo

field bindweed

heart-leaved golden alexanders

gray-headed coneflower

Great Plains ladies’ tresses

hoary vervain

leadplant

musk thistle

narrow-leaved purple coneflower

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

spotted touch-me-not

swamp betony

swamp milkweed

Virginia mountain mint

whorled milkweed

wild parsnip

yellow goat’s beard

yellow sweet clover

 
 

Reptiles

 
  spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera)      

 

 

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Frog Crossing

There is a small track across a raised former roadway that appears to be where frogs cross from the pond (pictured above) to a smaller cattail marsh.


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