Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA

Weaver Dunes Unit

 

 

     
 
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Size

 
 

592 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

N44 15.486, W91 55.963

 
         
 

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          Wabasha County  
          Southeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

Deer only. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Paleozoic Plateau

   
  Ecological Subsection    

The Blufflands

   
  Land Type Association    

Mississippi River Valley

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Dry Barrens Prairie (Southern)

Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Southern): Oak Subtype

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest

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

Natural Features

     
 

 

 

 

 

What’s in a Name?

The correct name for any Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) is whatever the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) calls it in the information sources available to the public. In 2005, and as recently as 2013, that name for this site was “Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA,” with a hyphen between “Kellogg” and “Weaver”. The hyphenated name appeared on the DNR Web site, on the wood-routed and interpretive signs on the site, and in the GIS files distributed by the DNR. The DNR Commissioner’s Orders related to the site (no. 64 and others), and possibly also the order creating it in 1982 (no. 23), used the name “Kellogg Weaver,” without the hyphen. The DNR has recently changed the Web site and GIS files, removing the hyphen. MinnesotaSeasons.com learned of this change and did the same in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Units

Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA consists of two disconnected units on a terrace above the Mississippi River. The 592-acre section to the south (Weaver Dunes Unit) is owned by the Nature Conservancy. The McCarthy Lake WMA is adjacent to both sections, east of Wabasha County Road 84. Weaver Bottoms is four miles south on US Highway 61.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildlife Viewing Area

Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, along with adjacent McCarthy Lake WMA, is one of 119 Wildlife Viewing Areas in Minnesota listed by Watchable Wildlife, Inc.

McCarthy Lake WMA / Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA / Preserve

           
 
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Sunset at KWD

 
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Small landscape... includes Bergamot, Canada Milkvetch & Tall Cinquefoil.

 
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Hillside of Goat’s Rue with Prairie Larkspur

 
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Looking west towards storm clouds

 
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Big Bluestem, Rough Blazing Star, and Horsemint

 
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Looking east – Wisconsin river bluffs in background upper left

 
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June Grass

 
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Dry Barrens Prairie (Southern)

 
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Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA
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About

At Kellogg-Weaver Dunes, the Paleozoic Plateau is jumping, literally and figuratively. Iridescent jumping spiders; rare Ottoe skipper and regal frittilary butterflies; newly discovered, as yet unnamed species of microlepidoptera (tiny moths of the genus Filatima); researchers radio-tracking snakes, the daily summer show of rough-seeded fameflowers opening their small, pink blossoms for a few hours each afternoon; ragged vees of trumpeter swans migrating overhead, sweeping views across a terrace above the Mississippi with the state's greatest expanse of imperiled dry barrens prairie and savanna-and these do not even include the attribute for which this SNA is perhaps best known.

 
Zumbro Bottoms and Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA, Minnesota, 11.07.2009
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On the 11th of July, my friend Alexi and I travelled to Zumbro Bottoms in the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest, and to Kellogg-Weaver Dunes and Weaver Dunes Scientific and Natural Areas, both of which are in Wabasha County in southeastern Minnesota.

 

 

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  Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA
Dale Bohlke
 
   
 
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Sep 6, 2018

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes but the Mississippi Valley is often overlooked unique topography like these sand dunes. These unique features are fun to explore and almost transport you to a different state. Filmed with permission from the Scientific and Natural Area Program. You by myuu https://soundcloud.com/myuu Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b... Music provided by Music for Creators https://youtu.be/DR9s88XLBf0

 
  Kellogg-Weaver Dunes Scientific and Natural Area Virtual Hike
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Apr 2, 2020

Strap on those boots. It’s time for a hike. Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA in the Mississippi River Valley hosts sweeping views of the state's greatest expanse of dry barrens prairie and savanna. Birds swoop overhead and critters scurry across the dunes. There’s sure a lot to see.

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Published on Nov 7, 2015

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Kellogg & Weaver Dunes · Open Road Adventures

Minnesota's Great River Road Audio Tour

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Released on: 2010-10-31

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Insects

 
 

American copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

cutworm or dart moths (Subfamily Noctuinae)

Leonard’s skipper (Hesperia leonardus)

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

  rough blazing star  
 

Plants

 
 

birdfoot violet (Viola pedata)

common sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

goat’s rue (Tephrosia virginiana)

goldenrod (Solidago spp.)

hairy four o’clock (Mirabilis albida)

hairy puccoon (Lithospermum caroliniense var. croceum)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

lyre-leaved rock cress (Arabidopsis lyrata ssp. lyrata)

narrow-leaved New Jersey tea (Ceanothus herbaceus)

plains snake-cotton (Froelichia floridana var. campestris)

porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium campestre)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

racemed milkwort (Polygala polygama)

red three-awn (Aristida purpurea var. longiseta)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough-seeded fameflower (Phemeranthus rugospermus)

smooth rose (Rosa blanda var. blanda)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white wild indigo (Baptisia alba var. macrophylla)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

woolly plantain (Plantago patagonica)

 

birdfoot violet

fringed loosestrife

rough blazing star

narrow-leaved New Jersey tea

white sage

 
 

Reptiles

 
 

Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

     
           
 
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Visits

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Amphibians

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
         
 

Birds

 
 

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

Endangered

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Special Concern

Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

 
 

eBird Field Checklist (Headquarters)

eBird Field Checklist (North)

eBird Field Checklist (South)

 
  American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)      
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

 
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

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

Endangered

Ottoe skipper (Hesperia ottoe)

Special Concern

Apache Jumping Spider (Phidippus apacheanus)

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
         
 

Mammals

 
 

One mammal species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Special Concern

plains pocket mouse (Perognathus flavescens)

 
         
 

Plants

 
 

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

Endangered

slender dayflower (Commelina erecta)

winter bentgrass (Agrostis hyemalis)

Threatened

clasping milkweed (Asclepias amplexicaulis)

rough-seeded fameflower (Phemeranthus rugospermus)

seaside three-awn (Aristida tuberculosa)

woolly beachheather (Hudsonia tomentosa)

Special Concern

Canada frostweed (Crocanthemum canadense)

Canada toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis)

goat’s rue (Tephrosia virginiana)

hairy evening primrose (Oenothera villosa ssp. strigosa)

plains wild indigo (Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea)

purple sand grass (Triplasis purpurea)

red three-awn (Aristida purpurea var. longiseta)

white wild indigo (Baptisia alba var. macrophylla)

yellow-fruited sedge (Carex annectens)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Barrens Prairie (Southern) UPs13a

Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Southern): Oak Subtype UPs14a2

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest FFs68a

     
   

buffalobur nightshade

spotted beebalm

leadplant

showy partridge pea

Virginia groundcherry

winged pigweed

 
 

Reptiles

 
 

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

Endangered

Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

Special Concern

gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer)

western hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
  gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer)      

 

 

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Important Bird Area

Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA is part of the huge (46,000-acre) Whitewater Valleys Important Bird Area (IBA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fameflower

In mid-summer, rough-seeded fameflower blooms daily after 4:30 p.m. for only three hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blanding’s turtle

Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA hosts one of the largest populations of the Blanding’s turtle. In June, females migrate to here to lay their eggs, and in August the hatchlings return to the wetlands.


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