Racine Prairie SNA

       
   

Area and County

    Mower County
    Southeast Minnesota
     
 

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6 acres

 
 
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N43 48.089, W92 29.373

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Paleozoic Plateau

Subsection(s)  

Rochester Plateau

Land Type Association(s)

Stewartville Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1 Mesic Prairie (Southern)

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Comments

Woody Encroachment
Lack of periodic fire has allowed woody species to overtake what was once prairie. In some areas smooth sumac creates a solid overstory five to eight feet above the ground.


Visits

4/9/2005

  7/13/2009   6/16/2018

 

 

 

 

       

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Birds

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

American Goldfinch

Brown-headed Cowbird


Insects and Arachnids

flower longhorn beetle (Strangalia luteicornis)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

western thatching ant (Formica obscuripes)

monarch

Mammals

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Plants

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

 

Endangered

wild quinine (Parthenium integrifolium)

 

Threatened

edible valerian (Valeriana edulis var. ciliata)

 

Special concern

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

white wild indigo (Baptisia lactea var. lactea)

 

Watch list

rough avens (Geum laciniatum)

stiff cowbane (Oxypolis rigidior)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

 
 

 

agrimony (Agrimonia sp.)

Allegheny blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

Bell’s honeysuckle (Lonicera × bella)

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

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

compass plant (Silphium laciniatum)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

Deptford pink (Dianthus armeria ssp. armeria)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

heart-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hemlock water-parsnip (Sium suave)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

meadow horsetail (Equisetum pratense)

Michigan lily (Lilium michiganense)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

quill sedge (Carex tenera)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

redtop (Agrostis gigantea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

sawtooth wormwood (Artemisia serrata)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

starry campion (Silene stellata)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

tall cottongrass (Eriophorum angustifolium)

tall goldenrod (Solidago altissima ssp. altissima)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white wild indigo (Baptisia lactea var. lactea)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

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)

Agrimonia sp. (agrimony)

Agrostis gigantea (redtop)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Artemisia serrata (sawtooth wormwood)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Baptisia lactea var. lactea (white wild indigo)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Carex tenera (quill sedge)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Convolvulus arvensis (field bindweed)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Dianthus armeria ssp. armeria (Deptford pink)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Equisetum pratense (meadow horsetail)

Eriophorum angustifolium (tall cottongrass)

Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium (rattlesnake master)

Euphorbia corollata (flowering spurge)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Helianthus pauciflorus (stiff sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Lilium michiganense (Michigan lily)

Lonicera × bella (Bell’s honeysuckle)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

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

Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mirabilis nyctaginea (heart-leaved four o’clock)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus pensylvanica (pin cherry)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus allegheniensis (Allegheny blackberry)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis (American elderberry)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Silene stellata (starry campion)

Silphium laciniatum (compass plant)

Sium suave (hemlock water-parsnip)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago altissima ssp. altissima (tall goldenrod)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

Allegheny blackberry

American cow parsnip

American vetch

bird’s-foot trefoil

Canada anemone

Canadian tick-trefoil

common mullein

common yarrow

compass plant

Deptford pink

field bindweed

field thistle

fringed loosestrife

Michigan lily

Missouri gooseberry

nannyberry

prairie rose

rattlesnake master

red clover

spotted water hemlock

starry campion

swamp milkweed

tall meadow rue

western poison ivy

white wild indigo

wild bergamot

yellow sweet clover


 

 

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