Miller Prairie

West Unit

               
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Area and County

Traverse County

 

 

 


Size

320 acres

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Parking

N45 46.219, W96 20.221

 
Hiking Trails

None

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Red River Valley

Subsection(s)

Red River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Anthony Lake Plain
Campbell Lake Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Prairie Wetland Complex


Ownership

The Nature Conservancy logo

 
Links

Miller Prairie

The Nature Conservancy


Comments

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


Visits

9/3/2009

  6/26/2015

 

 

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A Tale of Two Prairies

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  A fenceline separates the ungrazed prairie (prairie wetland complex) on the left and the previously grazed prairie on the right.
       

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

 

Endangered

Powesheik skipperling (Oarisma powesheik)

 

Special concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

 
 

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

Sullivant’s milkweed is found on the eastern unit. This is the northwestern limit of its range.

 
 

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 (Bell Museum of Natural History) Plant List

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American plum (Prunus americana)

Baltic rush (Juncus balticus var. littoralis)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

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)

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 maximilianii)

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)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum var. 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)

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 gerardii (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 (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 maximilianii (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 (veiny pea)

Lepidium densiflorum var. 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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