Joseph A. Tauer Prairie SNA


Area and County

    Brown County
    Southwest Minnesota

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80 acres


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N44 11.996, W94 31.960

Hiking Trails

No maintained trails


All hunting and trapping. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification

North Central Glaciated Plains


Minnesota River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Grogan Sand Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Bulrush Marsh (Prairie)

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

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Minnesota DNR





  9/9/2005   7/26/2014    






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David Ayer

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Kirk Nelson

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Mesic Prairie (Southern)

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  Joseph A. Tauer Prairie Scientific and Natural Area
  Joseph A. Tauer Prairie Scientific and Natural Area  

A wonderful mesic and wet/mesic prairie remnant preserved by Joseph A. Tauer, a farmer in southern Minnesota. Click the link for further details.

Joseph A. Tauer Scientific and Natural Area

  Joseph A. Tauer Prairie SNA
  Joseph A. Tauer Prairie SNA  

This prairie was owned by Joseph A. Tauer, whose personal philosophy of farming and choice of farming practices preserved the virgin prairie portions of this SNA. Tauer used only horses to farm until the 1980s. He limited his farming to the high, dry uplands of the several hundred acres of his holdings, leaving the low areas undisturbed, thus protecting their native vegetation. Upon his retirement, Tauer enrolled 80 acres of the land in a Prairie Bank easement program, later gifting the site to the state.





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  Monarch Morning
Dale Bohlke

It was a perfect morning for filming migrating monarchs, heavy ground fog and no wind. I watched this group for a couple hours recording their warm up routine. Canon 7D and 100 mm Macro used for most of the footage. Natural sound and for audio.

  The Prairie Wind
Dale Bohlke

Wind on the prairie is always present, even more so in the winter. The challenge is showing it and winter with its blowing snow provides that opportunity.





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Kirk Nelson


Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

whitetail deer

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

hoary puccoon

David Ayer


Rattlesnake Master and Indian Plantain were blooming.  Bobolink and Red Winged Blackbird were numerous.


I am the new site steward for Joseph A Tauer Prairie SNA.  I just discovered your website.  What a fantastic resource.  How do listings get posted on this site?  I wandered the prairie this afternoon and I identified at least two plants that are not listed for Tauer Prairie.  Hypoxis hirsuta - Yellow Star Grass and Anemone canadensis - Canada Anemone.  Also I identified two plants that are not on your site at all Lilium superbum - Turk's-Cap Lily and Lysimachia quadriflora - Prairie Loosestrife. If this information is helpful, let me know and I will continue to contribute my observations.  If not, keep up the good work you are doing.



Red Winged Blackbird


Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Indian Plantain

Prairie Loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora)

Rattlesnake Master

Turk's-Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)

Yellow Star Grass (Hypoxis hirsuta)




northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

northern leopard frog


One bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:


Special concern

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist


American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

American Goldfinch

Brown-headed Cowbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Insects and Arachnids

clouded sulphur (Colias philodice)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

painted lady (Vanessa cardui)

red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

painted lady

widow skimmer


plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

plains pocket gopher


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



tuberous Indian plantain (Arnoglossum plantagineum)


Special concern

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)


Watch list

biennial beeblossom (Oenothera gaura)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Bulrush Marsh (Prairie) MRp93a

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a



alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

asparagus (asparagus officinalis)

biennial beeblossom (Oenothera gaura)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata var. scabra)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

four-flowered yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis)

heart-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern water plantain (Alisma triviale)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata var. hirtella)

peachleaf willow (Salix amygdaloides)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

pussy willow (Salix discolor)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

Riddell’s goldenrod (Oligoneuron riddellii)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

southern blue flag (Iris virginica var. shrevei)

spotted spurge (Euphorbia maculata)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

veiny pea (Lathyrus venosus)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)


Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Alisma triviale (northern water plantain)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium (rattlesnake master)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Euphorbia maculata (spotted spurge)

Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Helianthus maximilianii (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Iris virginica var. shrevei (southern blue flag)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Koeleria macrantha (June grass)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Lathyrus venosus (veiny pea)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica (great blue lobelia)

Lobelia spicata var. hirtella (palespike lobelia)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lysimachia quadriflora (four-flowered yellow loosestrife)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Mirabilis nyctaginea (heart-leaved four o’clock)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oenothera gaura (biennial beeblossom)

Oligoneuron riddellii (Riddell’s goldenrod)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix amygdaloides (peachleaf willow)

Salix discolor (pussy willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Setaria viridis (green foxtail)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Stachys palustris (marsh hedge nettle)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Verbena hastata var. scabra (blue vervain)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

alsike clover

black-eyed susan

Canada anemone

Canadian tick-trefoil

common blue violet

common sneezeweed

Culver’s root

downy phlox

golden alexanders

gray-headed coneflower

heart-leaved four o’clock


narrow-leaved purple coneflower

New England aster

prairie blazing star

prairie onion

rattlesnake master

red clover

southern blue flag

stiff goldenrod

swamp milkweed

tall cinquefoil

white prairie clover

wild bergamot (var. mollis)

yellow sweet clover





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