Mound Spring Prairie SNA

South Unit

 

 

     
 
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Mound Spring Prairie SNA, North Unit

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Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

On 12/17/2001, a 466 acre site in Yellow Medicine County on the South Dakota border was designated as Mound Spring Prairie SNA. In 2013 the Minnesota DNR acquired a 160-acre parcel about one mile southeast of the original site. The new parcel became the South Unit of this SNA.

 
     
 

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Size

 
 

160 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

Pull off the road onto the field approach on the east side of 115th Ave. 0.44 mile south of County Road E3.

N44 44.453, W96 25.805

 
         
 

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          Yellow Medicine County  
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Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

All hunting and trapping. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

North Central Glaciated Plains

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Coteau Moraines

   
  Land Type Association    

Slayton Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

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

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Parking, 115th St.

 
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Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

 
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About

This SNA is comprised of two parcels quite different in character, separated about a mile as the crow flies. It is located within a landscape of rolling hills formed along an ice margin during the late Wisconsinan glaciation, marking an edge where the Des Moines lobe stagnated for a period of time.

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About

Dec 7, 2020

This SNA is comprised of two parcels quite different in character, separated about a mile as the crow flies. It is located within a landscape of rolling hills formed along an ice margin during the late Wisconsinan glaciation, marking an edge where the Des Moines lobe stagnated for a period of time. The native prairie remnants here are some of the highest quality in the state.

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8/11/2018                
 
 

Birds

 
 

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

Endangered

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Threatened

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist (both units)

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

  Northern Harrier  
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

 
         
 

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:

Special Concern

Pawnee skipper (Hesperia leonardus pawnee)

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
 

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

common green darner (Anax junius)

giant robber fly (Promachus fitchii)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

great black digger wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus)

meadow fritillary (Boloria bellona)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

western thatching ant (Formica obscuripes)

 

common green darner

regal fritillary

 
 

Mammals

 
 

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus)

  thirteen-lined ground squirrel  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Threatened

cutleaf waterparsnip (Berula erecta)

Special Concern

cut-leaf ironplant (Xanthisma spinulosum var. spinulosum)

Missouri milkvetch (Astragalus missouriensis var. missouriensis)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

western white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. oligophylla)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

     
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American pasqueflower (Anemone patens var. multifida)

bearded wheatgrass (Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

bracted vervain (Verbena bracteata)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

common lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

giant sumpweed (Cyclachaena xanthiifolia)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. viridis)

green milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)

hairy four o’clock (Mirabilis albida)

hairy hedge nettle (Stachys pilosa var. pilosa)

heart-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

large-flowered beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

Pennsylvania cinquefoil (Potentilla pensylvanica)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

prairie sandreed (Calamovilfa longifolia var. longifolia)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

rough false pennyroyal (Hedeoma hispida)

Seneca snakeroot (Polygala senega)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

switch grass (Panicum virgatum var. virgatum)

tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

thyme-leaved sandmat (Euphorbia serpyllifolia)

Virginia groundcherry (Physalis virginiana var. virginiana)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

witch grass (Panicum capillare)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anemone patens var. multifida (American pasqueflower)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia dracunculus (tarragon)

Artemisia frigida (prairie sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Asclepias viridiflora (green milkweed)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bouteloua gracilis (blue grama)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calamovilfa longifolia var. longifolia (prairie sandreed)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cyclachaena xanthiifolia (giant sumpweed)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus (bearded wheatgrass)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

(Euphorbia serpyllifolia) (thyme-leaved sandmat)

Grindelia squarrosa (curly-cup gumweed)

Hedeoma hispida (rough false pennyroyal)

Helianthus annuus (common sunflower)

Heterotheca villosa (hairy false goldenaster)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lithospermum occidentale (western marbleseed)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mirabilis albida (hairy four o’clock)

Mirabilis nyctaginea (heart-leaved four o’clock)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Panicum capillare (witch grass)

Panicum virgatum var. virgatum (switch grass)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Penstemon grandiflorus (large-flowered beardtongue)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Physalis virginiana var. virginiana (Virginia groundcherry)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Polygala senega (Seneca snakeroot)

Potentilla pensylvanica (Pennsylvania cinquefoil)

Ratibida columnifera (long-headed coneflower)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Setaria viridis var. viridis (green foxtail)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys pilosa var. pilosa (hairy hedge nettle)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum sericeum (silky aster)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbena bracteata (bracted vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

 

American pasqueflower

Canada anemone

common sunflower

common yarrow

Flodman’s thistle

hairy false goldenaster

hairy four o’clock

hoary puccoon

leadplant

long-headed coneflower

prairie onion

prairie violet

purple prairie clover

silky aster

whorled milkweed

yellow goat's beard

yellow sweet clover

 

 

 

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