Kasota Prairie

               
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Area and County

Le Sueur County

 

 

 


Size

90 acres

 
 
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Parking

N44 16.334, W93 59.651

 
Hiking Trails

2 miles

A mowed trail begins at the parking lot. It leads west then north around a shallow lake, ending abruptly at an intermittent stream.


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

Big Woods

Land Type Association(s)

Le Sueur Alluvial Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)


Ownership

 
 
Links

Save the Kasota Prairie


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Overview
Kasota Prairie, not to be confused with nearby Kasota Prairie Scientific and Natural Area, is a 90-acre private preserve in Le Sueur County. It is owned and managed by Unimin Corporation in cooperation with Save the Kasota Prairie, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. It is open to the public.

Kasota Prairie contains virgin prairie, previously grazed and restored prairie, forested river bluffs, and shoreline of the Minnesota River. It includes three small pockets of one native plant community, Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern).

Birders can see Eastern Meadowlark and Dickcissel on the prairie, Baltimore Oriole and Great Crested Flycatcher on the bluffs, Belted Kingfisher and Great Blue Heron on the river, and Red-tailed Hawk and Turkey Vulture soaring overhead. Hikers this week (6/5 to 6/11/2016) will find hoary puccoon, Canada Anemone, golden alexanders, and a few prairie violets in bloom.


Visits

7/16/2004

10/9/2014

  5/29/2016

 

 

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  Kasota Prairie at Sunset
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Published on Jul 26, 2015

The Kasota Prairie at sunset. What a beautiful place.

 
     
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Uploaded on Sep 29, 2010

Taking timelapse photos on the Kasota Prairie near Mankato, Minnesota.

 
     
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Kasota Prairie Time Lapse March 4th, 2012
 
   
 
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This is a Time Lapse Photography piece I did at the Kasota Prairie on March 4th, 2012.

 
     
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Short lightning time lapse I took at the Kasota Prairie.

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Amphibians

boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

boreal chorus frog


Birds

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

American Goldfinch

Barn Swallow

Blue Jay

Canada Goose

Mallard

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Wild Turkey


Fungi and Lichens

Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata)

Crown Rust


Insects and Arachnids

American lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

chokecherry finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

common eastern bumble bee (Bombus impatiens)

common green darner (Anax junius)

common whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

deer fly (Chrysops spp.)

dot-tailed whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta)

eastern forktail (Ischnura verticalis)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)

four-spotted skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

jumping oak gall wasp (Neuroterus saltatorius)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

nine-spotted lady beetle (Coccinella novemnotata)

oak rough bulletgall wasp (Disholcaspis quercusmamma)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

reversed haploa (Haploa reversa)

spiny baskettail (Epitheca spinigera)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

western honey bee (Apis mellifera)

American lady

common whitetail

ebony jewelwing

monarch

oak rough bulletgall wasp

twelve-spotted skimmer


Mammals

American beaver (Castor canadensis)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Plants

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American pasqueflower (Anemone patens var. multifida)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

American white waterlily (Nymphaea odorata)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

bastard toadflax (Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black willow (Salix nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bracted spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata)

broad-leaved arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

giant chickweed (Myosoton aquaticum)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

great St. Johnswort (Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy rockcress (Arabis pycnocarpa var. pycnocarpa)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

hound’s tongue (Cynoglossum officinale)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

marijuana (Cannabis sativa)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

Parlin’s pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium campestre)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie groundsel (Packera plattensis)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie turnip (Pediomelum esculentum)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

rock elm (Ulmus thomasii)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

Scribner’s panic grass (Dichanthelium oligosanthes ssp. scribnerianum)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silky dogwood (Cornus amomum ssp. obliqua)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

silvery cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tall tumble mustard (Sisymbrium altissimum)

Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

variegated yellow pond lily (Nuphar variegata)

violet wood sorrel (Oxalis violacea)

virgin’s bower (Clematis virginiana)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland whitlowgrass (Draba nemorosa)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone patens var. multifida (American pasqueflower)

Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax (Parlin’s pussytoes)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Arabis pycnocarpa var. pycnocarpa (hairy rockcress)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias viridiflora (green milkweed)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Cannabis sativa (marijuana)

Celastrus scandens (American bittersweet)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Clematis virginiana (virgin’s bower)

Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata (bastard toadflax)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus amomum ssp. obliqua (silky dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cynoglossum officinale (hound’s tongue)

Dichanthelium oligosanthes ssp. scribnerianum (Scribner’s panic grass)

Draba nemorosa (woodland whitlowgrass)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum (great St. Johnswort)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lithospermum occidentale (western marbleseed)

Lonicera tatarica (Tartarian honeysuckle)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Myosoton aquaticum (giant chickweed)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Nuphar variegata (variegated yellow pond lily)

Nymphaea odorata (American white waterlily)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Oxalis violacea (violet wood sorrel)

Packera plattensis (prairie groundsel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Pediomelum esculentum (prairie turnip)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Sagittaria latifolia (broad-leaved arrowhead)

Salix nigra (black willow)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Sisymbrium altissimum (tall tumble mustard)

Sisyrinchium campestre (prairie blue-eyed grass)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Thlaspi arvense (field pennycress)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tradescantia bracteata (bracted spiderwort)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Ulmus thomasii (rock elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American black currant

American pasqueflower

American white waterlily (ssp. tuberosa)

black cherry

black raspberry

bracted spiderwort

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone

catnip

chokecherry

common evening primrose

common false Solomon’s seal

field thistle

golden alexanders

ground ivy

hedge bindweed

hoary puccoon

leadplant

northern bedstraw

Parlin’s pussytoes

prairie onion

prairie rose

prairie violet

red clover

rough cinquefoil

rough-fruited cinquefoil

silvery cinquefoil

tall meadow rue

Tartarian honeysuckle

violet wood sorrel

virgin’s bower

wild columbine

yellow goat's beard

yellow sweet clover


 

 

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