Mound Spring Prairie SNA

South Unit


Area and County

    Yellow Medicine County
    Southwest Minnesota

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160 acres


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Mound Spring Prairie SNA Complete


South Unit

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N44 44.453, W96 25.805

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

Hiking Trails

No maintained trails


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

Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification

North Central Glaciated Plains


Coteau Moraines

Land Type Association(s)

Slayton Moraine

Native Plant Communities1

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

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Mound Spring Prairie SNA, North Unit

Minnesota DNR


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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Wood Routed Sign, County Road 15

  Mound Spring Prairie SNA, South Unit    

Parking, 115th St.

  Mound Spring Prairie SNA, South Unit   Mound Spring Prairie SNA, South Unit

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

  Mound Spring Prairie SNA, South Unit   Mound Spring Prairie SNA, South Unit
  Bring your own shade. You won’t find any here.    



  Mound Spring Prairie SNA
  Mound Spring Prairie SNA  

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



Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)



Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)


Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist (both units)


Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

Northern Harrier

Insects and Arachnids

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


plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus)

thirteen-lined ground squirrel

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



cutleaf waterparsnip (Berula erecta)


Special concern

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

western white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. oligophylla)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List (both units)


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


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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