Plover Prairie

East Unit

               
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Area and County

Lac qui Parle County

 

 

 


Size

515 acres

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Parking

201st Ave.
N45 12.126, W96 14.882

Pyramid WMA
N45 12.448, W96 14.886

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification

Section

North Central Glaciated Plains

Subsection(s)

Minnesota River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Milan Alluvial Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Mesic Prairie (Southern)


Ownership

The Nature Conservancy logo

 
Links

Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway

The Nature Conservancy

Plover Prairie (MinnesotaSeasons.com)


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Parking
The Nature Conservancy Web page for this location does not suggest where to park. The roads bordering this site are very narrow gravel roads with no shoulders. Meeting a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction would be an adventure. There is no room anywhere to park on the shoulder. A visitor has two options for parking:

There is a large, brown, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) sign near 201st Ave., a gravel road with a Dead End sign at the intersection. Next to the TNC sign there is a field access. Drive across the field access and park next to the sign (see Parking photo below).

Pyramid Wildlife Management Area (WMA) borders part of the preserve on the north. Follow the dead end road to where it ends. On the right the road is gated and leads to a private farm. On the left is a small, grassy parking lot for the WMA. Park here and walk south on the road to the field access mentioned above.

Recent Expansion
In 2012, The Nature Conservancy purchased a 240-acre parcel that connects the east and west units of the preserve.


Visits

9/5/2009

  7/27/2012

 

 

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Amphibians

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

northern leopard frog


Birds

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

 

Endangered

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

 

Threatened

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

 

Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa fedoa)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

 
 

Minnesota River Valley Birding Trail

 
 

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret <em>(Ardea alba)</em>

Mourning Dove


Insects and Arachnids

One insect species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen on at least one of the units of this preserve:

 

Endangered

Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae)

 
 

common green darner (Anax junius)

eastern tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma americanum)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

common green darner

monarch


Mammals

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

 

Special concern

northern grasshopper mouse (Onychomys leucogaster)

plains pocket mouse (Perognathus flavescens)

prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster)

western harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis)

 
 

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Plants

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

 

Threatened

disk water-hyssop (Bacopa rotundifolia)

 

Special concern

flexile milkvetch (Astragalus flexuosus var. flexuosus)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

velvety goldenrod (Solidago mollis)

water mudwort (Limosella aquatica)

 
 

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

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

 
 

 

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American germander (Teucrium canadense)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata var. scabra)

blunt spikerush (Eleocharis obtusa)

bog willowherb (Epilobium leptophyllum)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

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)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

grooved yellow flax (Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

oval-leaf milkweed (Asclepias ovalifolia)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough bugleweed (Lycopus asper)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

softhair marbleseed (Lithospermum parviflorum)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

sweet Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

 

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 dracunculus (tarragon)

Artemisia frigida (prairie sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias ovalifolia (oval-leaf milkweed)

Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Doellingeria umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Eleocharis obtusa (blunt spikerush)

Epilobium leptophyllum (bog willowherb)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Eutrochium purpureum (sweet Joe Pye weed)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus maximilianii (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris ligulistylis (northern plains blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum (grooved yellow flax)

Lithospermum parviflorum (softhair marbleseed)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus asper (rough bugleweed)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Ratibida columnifera (long-headed coneflower)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Teucrium canadense (American germander)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata var. scabra (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American black currant

American germander

Canada anemone

chokecherry

common evening primrose

common sneezeweed

false sunflower

golden alexanders

hoary vervain

leadplant

long-headed coneflower

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

rough bugleweed

spotted water hemlock

stiff sunflower (ssp. subrhomboideus)

swamp milkweed

tall cinquefoil

whorled milkweed

yellow marsh marigold

 


 

 

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