Otter Tail Prairie SNA

       
   

Area and County

    Otter Tail County
    Northwest Minnesota
     
 

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Size

320 acres

 
 
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Parking

Southeast Parking, field access
N46 9.125, W96 13.495

South Parking, road shoulder
N46 9.123, W96 13.915

North Parking, field access
N46 9.987, W96 13.741

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Red River Valley

Subsection(s)  

Red River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Barnesville Beach Complex

 
Native Plant Communities1

Mesic Prairie (Northern)


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Comments

Prairie Grassland Complex
Otter Tail Prairie is part of a 3,200-acre block of land protected by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a private hunting and fishing club. Otter Tail Prairie SNA is bordered on the south by the Doran Wildlife Management Area; on the east by the Prairie Ridge Wildlife Management Area; on the north and west by the Hensch WPA; and by land owned and managed by the Fergus Falls Fish and Game Club, Inc., now Otter Tail Walk in Access site #351.

Wet Prairie
Barely perceptible changes in elevation create areas that have standing water year round. Waterproof footwear is recommended.

What’s in a Name?
The Commissioner’s order dated 11/16/1989 creating this SNA designated it as “Otter Tail Prairie Scientific and Natural Area”. It lies in Otter Tail County. However, the wood-routed sign for this SNA reads “Ottertail Prairie State Natural Area.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waterproof footwear recommended


Visits

9/15/2009

  6/28/2018    

 

 

 

 

       

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Southeast Parking, Field Access on 130th St.

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Wood Routed Sign, 130th St.

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Wood Routed Sign, 140th St.

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Boot Scraper

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Mesic Prairie (Northern)

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Amphibians

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

 

northern leopard frog

Bacteria

apical chlorosis of Canada thistle (Pst) (Pseudomonas syringae pv. tagetis)

Pst


Birds

Ten bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:

 

Threatened

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

 

Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa fedoa)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

American Robin

Mallard

Red-winged Blackbird


Insects and Arachnids

black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

celery looper (Anagrapha falcifera)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

celery looper

Halloween pennant

monarch


Mammals

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

plains pocket gopher

Plants

One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota and one species on the watch list are found here:

 

Endangered

Wolf’s spikerush (Eleocharis wolfii)

 

Watch list

Nuttall’s alkali grass (Puccinellia nuttalliana)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

 
 

 

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

arctic brome (Bromus kalmii)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

Baltic rush (Juncus balticus var. littoralis)

bastard toadflax (Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

common dogmustard (Erucastrum gallicum)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sow thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

dwarf false indigo (Amorpha nana)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia)

giant sumpweed (Cyclachaena xanthiifolia)

Great Plains ladies’ tresses (Spiranthes magnicamporum)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

marsh vetchling (Lathyrus palustris)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii)

Missouri goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis)

mountain death camas (Anticlea elegans)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus)

northern reed grass (Calamagrostis stricta ssp. inexpansa)

pale agoseris (Agoseris glauca var. glauca)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie groundsel (Packera plattensis)

prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

quackgrass (Elymus repens)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

red-seeded dandelion (Taraxacum erythrospermum)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough bugleweed (Lycopus asper)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

scarlet Indian paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea f. lutescens)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

showy blue lettuce (Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella)

showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum)

tufted lovegrass (Eragrostis pectinacea var. pectinacea)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white ash (Fraxinus americana)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

wood betony (Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis)

wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum)

woolly sedge (Carex pellita)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow star grass (Hypoxis hirsuta)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agoseris glauca var. glauca (pale agoseris)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amorpha nana (dwarf false indigo)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anticlea elegans (mountain death camas)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Bromus kalmii (arctic brome)

Calamagrostis stricta ssp. inexpansa (northern reed grass)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Carex pellita (woolly sedge)

Castilleja coccinea f. lutescens (scarlet Indian paintbrush)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium altissimum (tall thistle)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata (bastard toadflax)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Cyclachaena xanthiifolia (giant sumpweed)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Doellingeria umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Elymus repens (quackgrass)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Eragrostis pectinacea var. pectinacea (tufted lovegrass)

Erucastrum gallicum (common dogmustard)

Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus americana (white ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Helianthus maximilianii (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus (stiff sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Hesperostipa spartea (porcupine grass)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Hypoxis hirsuta (yellow star grass)

Juncus balticus var. littoralis (Baltic rush)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella (showy blue lettuce)

Lathyrus palustris (marsh vetchling)

Lepidium densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum (wood lily)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lobelia spicata (palespike lobelia)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus asper (rough bugleweed)

Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus (northern bugleweed)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Packera plattensis (prairie groundsel)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis (wood betony)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago missouriensis (Missouri goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sonchus oleraceus (common sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Spiranthes magnicamporum (Great Plains ladies’ tresses)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys palustris (marsh hedge nettle)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve (smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Symphyotrichum sericeum (silky aster)

Taraxacum erythrospermum (red-seeded dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American vetch

black-eyed susan

bottle gentian

Canada anemone

common evening primrose

common strawberry

common yarrow

dotted blazing star

false sunflower

grass-leaved goldenrod

Great Plains ladies’ tresses

hairy puccoon

mountain death camas (var. elegans)

New England aster

northern bedstraw

pale agoseris

prairie ironweed

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

showy milkweed

silky aster

stiff sunflower (ssp. subrhomboideus)

swamp milkweed

tall cinquefoil

Virginia mountain mint

white prairie clover

wild parsnip

wood betony

yellow star grass

yellow sweet clover


 

 

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