Malmberg Prairie SNA

 

 

     
 
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Overview

 
 

This small prairie has never been cultivated. It is a mosaic of mesic prairie and wet prairie with small pockets of cattail marsh. In August of 2011, a drought year, both the wet prairie and the cattail marsh were dry.

 
     
 

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Size

 
 

80 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

The Minnesota DNR Web page for this site recommends parking on the south shoulder of 300th Street SW at the northeast corner of the site. However, the road is narrow, the shoulder nonexistent, and the drop-off is steep. The only safe parking spot for this SNA is the field access on the south side of 300th Street SW near the northwest corner of the site.

Field Access
N47 43.893, W96 49.423

 
         
 

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          Polk County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Red River Valley

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Red River Prairie

   
  Land Type Association    

Anthony Lake Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Mesic Prairie (Northern)

Wet Prairie (Northern)

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

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Four-wheel drive recommended

The field access at the northeast corner of the site may be deeply rutted. Once on, a car without four-wheel drive could have difficulty backing off. To use this parking spot, a four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance is recommended.

 

 

 

 

           
 
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Mesic Prairie (Northern)

 
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Visits

8/16/2011

  8/2/2013            
 
 

Birds

 
 

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

Special Concern

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammospiza nelsoni)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

  American Goldfinch  
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
  Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)   Black Knot  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

  goldenrod gall fly  
 

Mammals

 
 

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

Special Concern

prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

 
  plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)   plains pocket gopher  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Special Concern

deer sedge (Carex hallii)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

Wet Prairie (Northern) WPn53c

     
 

 

American germander (Teucrium canadense)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

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

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

chicory (Cichorium intybus)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

dwarf false indigo (Amorpha nana)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

marsh vetchling (Lathyrus palustris)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

mint-leaved bergamot (Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia)

mountain death camas (Anticlea elegans var. elegans)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

smooth oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. corymbosa)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha nana (dwarf false indigo)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anticlea elegans var. elegans (mountain death camas)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos (spotted knapweed)

Cichorium intybus (chicory)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra (smooth oxeye)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Lathyrus palustris (marsh vetchling)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris ligulistylis (northern plains blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum (wood lily)

Lobelia spicata (palespike lobelia)

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

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia (mint-leaved bergamot)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Teucrium canadense (American germander)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. corymbosa (western ironweed)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

 

American germander

black-eyed Susan

Canada anemone

chicory

common evening primrose

dotted blazing star

Maximilian’s sunflower

northern bedstraw

palespike lobelia (var. spicata)

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

red osier dogwood

silverleaf scurfpea

Virginia mountain mint

wild mint

wood lily

 

 

 

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