Ottertail Prairie SNA

               
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Area and County

Otter Tail County

 

 

 


Size

320 acres

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Parking

N46 9.123, W96 13.915

 
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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Minnesota DNR


Comments

Ottertail Prairie SNA is bordered on the south by the Doran Wildlife Management Area; on the east by the Prairie Ridge Wildlife Management Area; and by land owned and managed by the Fergus Falls Fish and Game Club, Inc, now a Walk In Access site.


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9/15/2009

   

 

 

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Amphibians

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

northern leopard frog

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

 
 

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Barn Swallow

Insects and Arachnids

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

celery looper (Anagrapha falcifera)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

orange sulphur

Mammals

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

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 (Bell Museum of Natural History) Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

 
 

 

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago 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)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

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)

Great Plains ladies’ tresses (Spiranthes magnicamporum)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii)

Missouri goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

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)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

red-seeded dandelion (Taraxacum erythrospermum)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough bugleweed (Lycopus asper)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum)

tufted lovegrass (Eragrostis pectinacea var. pectinacea)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white ash (Fraxinus americana)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Cirsium altissimum (tall thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Doellingeria umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Eragrostis pectinacea var. pectinacea (tufted lovegrass)

Erucastrum gallicum (common dogmustard)

Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus americana (white ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Helianthus maximilianii (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Lepidium densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

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)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago missouriensis (Missouri goldenrod)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus oleraceus (common sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Spiranthes magnicamporum (Great Plains ladies’ tresses)

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)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

big bluestem

bottle gentian

Canada goldenrod

common evening primrose

false sunflower

Great Plains ladies’ tresses

heart-leaved golden alexanders

Maximilian’s sunflower

New England aster

prairie cordgrass

prairie onion

prairie rose

silky aster

stiff goldenrod

tall cinquefoil

Virginia mountain mint

wild licorice

 

 


 

 

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