Kasota Prairie SNA

 

 

     
 
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Size

 
 

45 acres

 
         
 

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N44 16.053, W94 0.151

 
         
 

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          Le Sueur County  
          Southwest Minnesota  
     
 
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Hiking Trails

 
 

A well-worn footpath leads through the woods at the western edge of the site. There are no maintained trails.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Big Woods

   
  Land Type Association    

Le Sueur Alluvial Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

Seepage Meadow/Carr

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

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Kasota Prairie

Kasota Prairie, a private preserve open to the public, is less than one mile north of this SNA and is well worth exploring.

 

 

 

 

           
 
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Visits

7/16/2004

  8/6/2010            
 
 

Birds

 
 

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

Endangered

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Special Concern

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammospiza nelsoni)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

Minnesota River Valley Birding Trail

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)

 

American Goldfinch

Black-capped Chickadee

Northern Cardinal

 
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
 

band-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum)

common green darner (Anax junius)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

Walker’s cicada (Neotibicen marginalis)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

 

common green darner

goldenrod soldier beetle

twelve-spotted skimmer

 
 

Plants

 
 

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

Threatened

Sullivant’s milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)

tuberous Indian plantain (Arnoglossum plantagineum)

Special Concern

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

Seepage Meadow/Carr WMs83a1

     
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American germander (Teucrium canadense)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American lopseed (Phryma leptostachya)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

asparagus (asparagus officinalis)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bracted spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea canadensis)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian black snakeroot (Sanicula canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

chicory (Cichorium intybus)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

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

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

downy gentian (Gentiana puberulenta)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

false boneset (Brickellia eupatorioides var. corymbulosa)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

great water dock (Rumex britannica)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

grooved yellow flax (Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum)

hairy vetch (Vicia villosa ssp. villosa)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

Missouri goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

nodding spurge (Euphorbia nutans)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red-seeded dandelion (Taraxacum erythrospermum)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

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

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

tall blue lettuce (Lactuca biennis)

tall boneset (Eupatorium altissimum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

water horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white vervain (Verbena urticifolia var. leiocarpa)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior (butterfly weed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Brickellia eupatorioides var. corymbulosa (false boneset)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cichorium intybus (chicory)

Circaea canadensis (broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Dalea candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum fluviatile (water horsetail)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium (rattlesnake master)

Eupatorium altissimum (tall boneset)

Euphorbia nutans (nodding spurge)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Gentiana puberulenta (downy gentian)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra (smooth oxeye)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lactuca biennis (tall blue lettuce)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum (grooved yellow flax)

Lobelia spicata (palespike lobelia)

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

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Phryma leptostachya (American lopseed)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

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

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Rumex britannica (great water dock)

Sanicula canadensis (Canadian black snakeroot)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago missouriensis (Missouri goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Taraxacum erythrospermum (red-seeded dandelion)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense (American germander)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

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)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Verbena urticifolia var. leiocarpa (white vervain)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Vicia villosa ssp. villosa (hairy vetch)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Xanthium strumarium (rough cocklebur)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

 

American germander

American vetch

black raspberry

black-eyed Susan

bracted spiderwort

butterfly weed

Canadian milkvetch

catnip

common evening primrose

common mullein

common yarrow

Culver’s root

downy gentian

gray-headed coneflower

hairy vetch

heart-leaved golden alexanders

leadplant

Maximilian’s sunflower

northern bedstraw

prairie coreopsis

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

rattlesnake master

rough cocklebur

stiff goldenrod

stiff sunflower

purple meadow-rue

Virginia mountain mint

western poison ivy

white prairie clover

whorled milkweed

 

 

 

 

 

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