Prairie Creek WMA

Koester Prairie Unit

       
   

Area and County

    Rice County
    Southeast Minnesota
     
 

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Size

459.89 acres

 
 
Maps

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Parking

There is a parking lot on the east side of Lamb Ave. near the north boundary.

N44 23.655, W93 3.612

 
Hiking Trails

There is a 2-mile long mowed trail that loops south from the parking area.

 
Hunting

Deer, Small Game, Forest Upland Birds, Pheasants, Turkey, Doves. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)  

Oak Savanna

Land Type Association(s)

Hayfield Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods)

 
Ownership Minnesota DNR logo        
 
Links

Minnesota DNR

Friends of Prairie Creek

 
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History
On June 28, 2014, a 460-acre tract in Rice County was dedicated as the Prairie Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA). On June 1, 2019, a nearby 161-acre tract was added and became the Engeseth-Rinde Unit of the Prairie Creek WMA. The original tract became the Koester Prairie Unit.

 
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4/22/2020

           

 

 

 

 

       
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Parking lot

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WMA sign

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Oak woodland

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Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods)

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There is a small section of high-quality forest at the western boundary of the unit. It is separated from the oak woodland by a farm road not visible on the map. Though out of the way, it should not be missed.

       

Dry prairie

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Limestone cliff

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Mowed Trails

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Amphibians

boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

boreal chorus frog

 
Birds

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

 

Endangered

Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

 
 

eBird Bird checklist

 
 

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Blue Jay

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

White-breasted Nuthatch

 
Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Milk-white Toothed Polypore (Irpex lacteus)

Smooth Patch (Aleurodiscus oakesii)

Milk-white Toothed Polypore

 
Insects and Arachnids

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod bunch gall midge

 
Mammals

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

 

Special concern

prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster)

western harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis)

 
 

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American red squirrel

 
Plants

One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota is found on at least one of the units of this WMA:

 

Threatened

prairie bush clover (Lespedeza leptostachya)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods) MHs39c

 
 

 

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

cattail (Typha sp.)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

corn (Zea mays)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

giant foxtail (Setaria faberi)

gooseberry (Ribes spp.)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

hawthorn (Crataegus spp.)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie buttercup (Ranunculus rhomboideus)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

trout lily (Erythronium spp.)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

white bear sedge (Carex albursina)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Carex albursina (white bear sedge)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Crataegus spp. (hawthorn)

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Erythronium spp. (trout lily)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus rhomboideus (prairie buttercup)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Ribes spp. (gooseberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Setaria faberi (giant foxtail)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Typha spp. (cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zea mays (corn)

black cherry

black raspberry

bloodroot

common blue violet

common evening primrose

common milkweed

common yarrow

Dutchman’s breeches

eastern false rue anemone

gray-headed coneflower

prairie blazing star

prairie fleabane (var. strigosus)

sharp-lobed hepatica

Virginia waterleaf

wild leek

yellow foxtail

     

 

 

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