Nelson Wildlife Sanctuary

               
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Area and County

Freeborn County

 

 

 

 
   

Size

18 acres

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N43 40.449, W93 24.350

 
Hiking Trails

None. An abandoned railway runs along the eastern border of the site. A utility clearing leads from the highway to and along the western border of the site.

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

Oak Savanna

Land Type Association(s)

Lemond Moraine

 
Native Plant Communities1

N43 40.449, W93 24.350


Ownership

Private

 
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Though The Nature Conservancy has obtained a permanent commitment to the site, the land is privately owned. It is closed to the public.


Visits

6/24/2011

   

 

 

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Birds

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

American Robin

 


Fungi and Lichens

Crown-tipped Coral (Artomyces pyxidatus)

 


Insects and Arachnids

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

common eastern bumble bee (Bombus impatiens)

common whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)

European skipper (Thymelicus lineola)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

common whitetail

European skipper

 


Mammals

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

 


Plants

One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:

Special concern – small white lady’s slipper


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas (Bell Museum of Natural History) Plant List

 
 

 

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

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

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

shining bedstraw (Galium concinnum)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

tower mustard (Turritis glabra)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

winter vetch (Vicia villosa ssp. villosa)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium concinnum (shining bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lonicera tatarica (Tartarian honeysuckle)

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

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Securigera varia (crown vetch)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Tanacetum vulgare (common tansy)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Turritis glabra (tower mustard)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Vicia villosa ssp. villosa (winter vetch)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

black cherry

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

catnip

common burdock

common false Solomon’s seal

common milkweed

common mullein

common yarrow

false sunflower

northern bedstraw

prairie rose

red baneberry

rough-fruited cinquefoil

sharp-lobed hepatica

swamp milkweed

Virginia waterleaf

wild columbine

wild geranium

wild parsnip


 

 

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