Red Rock Prairie

               
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Area and County

Cottonwood County

 

 

 


Size

601 acres

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Parking

N44 5.151, W95 1.196

 
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)

Darfur Bedrock Hills
Renville Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Prairie): Sioux Quartzite Subtype

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern)

Mesic Prairie (Southern)


Ownership

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Visits

7/3/2005

8/31/2016

   

 

 

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Amphibians

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

northern leopard frog


Bacteria

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

 


Birds

One bird species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

 

Special concern

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

 
 

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

American Goldfinch

Dark-eyed Junco

Mourning Dove


Fungi and Lichens

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

 
 

Bright Cobblestone Lichen (Acarospora socialis)

Brook Stickleback Lichen (Dermatocarpon luridum)

Orange Rock Posy (Rhizoplaca chrysoleuca)

Pebbled Pixie Cup (Cladonia pyxidata)

Bright Cobblestone Lichen


Insects and Arachnids

Two insect species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

 

Endangered

Powesheik skipperling (Oarisma powesheik)

 

Special concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

 
 

arcigera flower moth (Schinia arcigera)

black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

sword-bearing conehead (Neoconocephalus ensiger)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

western honey bee (Apis mellifera)

yellowjacket (Vespula sp.)

Carolina grasshopper

eastern pondhawk

monarch

twelve-spotted skimmer


Mammals

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

Plants

Seven plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

 

Endangered

Wolf’s spikerush (Eleocharis wolfii)

 

Threatened

prairie bush clover (Lespedeza leptostachya)

 

Special concern

buffalo grass (Buchloë dactyloides)

northern yellow-eyed grass (Xyris montana)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

tumblegrass (Schedonnardus paniculatus)

water mudwort (Limosella aquatica)

 
 

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

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Prairie): Sioux Quartzite Subtype ROs12a2

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern) UPs13d

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis)

American plum (Prunus americana)

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

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata var. scabra)

bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis)

bracted vervain (Verbena bracteata)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada bluegrass (Poa compressa)

Canada lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

Carolina foxtail (Alopecurus carolinianus)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

clasping-leaved Venus’ looking-glass (Triodanis perfoliata ssp. perfoliata)

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 ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

dark green bulrush (Scirpus atrovirens)

Deptford pink (Dianthus armeria ssp. armeria)

devil’s beggarticks (Bidens frondosa)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

downy gentian (Gentiana puberulenta)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

fluxweed (Isanthus brachiatus)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

giant chickweed (Myosoton aquaticum)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

goldmoss stonecrop (Sedum acre)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. viridis)

grimmia dry rock moss (Grimmia laevigata)

heart-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

many-headed sedge (Carex sychnocephala)

marijuana (Cannabis sativa)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii)

meadow garlic (Allium canadense var. canadense)

Mexican dock (Rumex triangulivalvis)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

northern water plantain (Alisma triviale)

northern yellow-eyed grass (Xyris montana)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

prairie bush clover (Lespedeza leptostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple-leaf willow herb (Epilobium coloratum)

Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota ssp. carota)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

roadside agrimony (Agrimonia striata)

rock spikemoss (Selaginella rupestris)

rough barnyard grass (Echinochloa muricata)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough bugleweed (Lycopus asper)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

rough false pennyroyal (Hedeoma hispida)

rough rattlesnake root (Nabalus asper)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

Scouler’s popcorn flower (Plagiobothrys scouleri)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sunbright (Phemeranthus parviflorus)

tall beggarticks (Bidens vulgata)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

vernal water-starwort (Callitriche palustris)

violet wood sorrel (Oxalis violacea)

Virginia groundcherry (Physalis virginiana var. virginiana)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

western sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis ssp. occidentalis)

western tansy mustard (Descurainia pinnata var. brachycarpa)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white mulberry (Morus alba)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white poplar (Populus alba)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

Wolf’s spikerush (Eleocharis wolfii)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woolly burdock (Arctium tomentosum)

woundwort (Stachys pilosa var. arenicola)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agrimonia striata (roadside agrimony)

Alisma triviale (northern water plantain)

Allium canadense var. canadense (meadow garlic)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Alopecurus carolinianus (Carolina foxtail)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arctium tomentosum (woolly burdock)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Bidens frondosa (devil’s beggarticks)

Bidens vulgata (tall beggarticks)

Bouteloua gracilis (blue grama)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Callitriche palustris (vernal water-starwort)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Cannabis sativa (marijuana)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Carex sychnocephala (many-headed sedge)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Convolvulus arvensis (field bindweed)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Daucus carota ssp. carota (Queen Anne’s lace)

Descurainia pinnata var. brachycarpa (western tansy mustard)

Dianthus armeria ssp. armeria (Deptford pink)

Echinochloa muricata (rough barnyard grass)

Eleocharis wolfii (Wolf’s spikerush)

Epilobium coloratum (purple-leaf willow herb)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium (rattlesnake master)

Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Gentiana puberulenta (downy gentian)

Grimmia laevigata (grimmia dry rock moss)

Grindelia squarrosa (curly-cup gumweed)

Hedeoma hispida (rough false pennyroyal)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Helianthus maximilianii (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus occidentalis ssp. occidentalis (western sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Hesperostipa spartea (porcupine grass)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Isanthus brachiatus (fluxweed)

Lactuca canadensis (Canada lettuce)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Lespedeza leptostachya (prairie bush clover)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris ligulistylis (northern plains blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

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

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus asper (rough bugleweed)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mirabilis nyctaginea (heart-leaved four o’clock)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Morus alba (white mulberry)

Myosoton aquaticum (giant chickweed)

Nabalus asper (rough rattlesnake root)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Oxalis violacea (violet wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phemeranthus parviflorus (sunbright)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Physalis virginiana var. virginiana (Virginia groundcherry)

Plagiobothrys scouleri (Scouler’s popcorn flower)

Poa compressa (Canada bluegrass)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Populus alba (white poplar)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Rumex triangulivalvis (Mexican dock)

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis (American elderberry)

Saponaria officinalis (bouncing bet)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Sedum acre (goldmoss stonecrop)

Selaginella rupestris (rock spikemoss)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Setaria viridis var. viridis (green foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys pilosa var. arenicola (woundwort)

Symphyotrichum laeve (smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Triodanis perfoliata ssp. perfoliata (clasping-leaved Venus’ looking-glass)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena bracteata (bracted vervain)

Verbena hastata var. scabra (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Xyris montana (northern yellow-eyed grass)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

alsike clover

American elderberry

bird’s-foot trefoil

blue vervain (var. scabra)

bouncing bet

Canadian milkvetch

catnip

common evening primrose

common sneezeweed

Culver’s root

Deptford pink

downy gentian

downy phlox

false sunflower

field thistle

heart-leaved four o’clock

hedge bindweed

leadplant

Maximilian’s sunflower

meadow garlic

prairie fleabane (var. strigosus)

prairie ironweed

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

rattlesnake master

red clover

rough cinquefoil

rough-fruited cinquefoil

stiff goldenrod

stiff sunflower (ssp. subrhomboideus)

tall meadow rue

violet wood sorrel

white campion

white clover

yellow goat's beard

yellow sweet clover

yellow wood sorrel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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