Miller Prairie

West Unit

 

 

     
 
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Overview

 
 

Miller Prairie consists of two widely separated units. The small East Unit is 1.33 miles east as the crow flies, or a 3.37-mile drive south and east, from the much larger West Unit.

 
     
 

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West Unit

 
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Size

 
 

320 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

There is a field access on County Road 77 (740th Ave.) ¼ mile south of the northwest corner of the preserve. Park on the field access.

N45 46.219, W96 20.221

 
         
 

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          Traverse County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

None

 
     
 

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

Campbell Lake Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Prairie Wetland Complex

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

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    Miller Prairie — West Unit      
           
 

The Nature Conservancy Sign

 
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A Tale of Two Prairies

 
    Miller Prairie — West Unit  
    A fenceline separates the ungrazed prairie (prairie wetland complex) on the left and the previously grazed prairie on the right.  
           
 

Prairie Wetland Complex

 
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Previously Grazed Prairie

 
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Visits

9/3/2009

  6/26/2015            
 
 

Birds

 
 

Four bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen on at least one of the units of this SNA:

Endangered

Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calcarius ornatus)

Special Concern

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

 
 

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)

 

Red-winged Blackbird

Song Sparrow

 
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

Two insect and arachnid species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen on at least one of the units of this SNA:

Endangered

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)

Special Concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
 

clouded sulphur (Colias philodice)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

painted lady (Vanessa cardui)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

  clouded sulphur  
 

Mammals

 
  whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)   whitetail deer  
 

Plants

 
 

Two plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found on at least one of the units of this SNA:

Threatened

Sullivant’s milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)

Special Concern

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American plum (Prunus americana)

Baltic rush (Juncus balticus var. littoralis)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

bracted spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

falsegold groundsel (Packera pseudaurea var. semicordata)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Leiberg’s panic grass (Dichanthelium leibergii)

long-stalk sedge (Carex pedunculata)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

marsh vetchling (Lathyrus palustris)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

pale agoseris (Agoseris glauca var. glauca)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. triflorum)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall goldenrod (Solidago altissima ssp. altissima)

veiny pea (Lathyrus venosus var. intonsus)

violet wood sorrel (Oxalis violacea)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wood betony (Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis)

wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum)

yellow star grass (Hypoxis hirsuta)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agoseris glauca var. glauca (pale agoseris)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Carex pedunculata (long-stalk sedge)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Dichanthelium leibergii (Leiberg’s panic grass)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Geum triflorum var. triflorum (prairie smoke)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Hypoxis hirsuta (yellow star grass)

Juncus balticus var. littoralis (Baltic rush)

Lathyrus palustris (marsh vetchling)

Lathyrus venosus var. intonsus) (veiny pea)

Lepidium densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum (wood lily)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oxalis violacea (violet wood sorrel)

Packera pseudaurea var. semicordata (falsegold groundsel)

Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis (wood betony)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Solidago altissima ssp. altissima (tall goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys palustris (marsh hedge nettle)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Tradescantia bracteata (bracted spiderwort)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

 

American plum

bracted spiderwort

Canada anemone

common evening primrose

Flodman’s thistle

golden alexanders

hoary puccoon

leadplant

pale agoseris

prairie rose

prairie violet

purple prairie clover

spotted water hemlock

swamp milkweed

tall cinquefoil

violet wood sorrel

white prairie clover

wood betony

wood lily

 

 

 

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