Richard M. & Mathilde Rice Elliott Prairie SNA

               
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Area and County

Wilkin County

 

 

 


Size

497 acres (reported)

North Section: 346½ acres

South Section: 154½ acres

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North Section

South Section

 
Parking

N46 35.234, W96 21.933

 
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)

Prairie Wetland Complex

Wet Prairie (Northern)


Ownership The Nature Conservancy logo    
 
Links

Minnesota DNR

The Nature Conservancy


Comments

Wet Prairie
The surface of this wet prairie is uneven. There are innumerable small depressions, some no more than 18 in diameter, with standing water ankle deep or deeper. They are partially or completely hidden from view by grasses and forbs. Attempts to avoid them will be met with limited success. Waterproof footwear is highly recommended.

SNA Boundary
The map on the Minnesota DNR Web page for the south section of this site is incorrect. It does not match the boundary as defined by SNA boundary signs on the site or by The Nature Conservancy, which owns the site. The MinnesotaSeasons.com map of the south section (above) includes a 24 acre parcel that does not appear on the DNR map but is within the boundary signs.

What’s In a Name?
This SNA is owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The TNC Web page for this site uses the name Richard M. & Mathilde Rice Elliott Prairie SNA. The Minnesota DNR’s Web page uses the name Richard M. & Mathilde Rice Elliott SNA. The TNC GIS database refers to the site as Western Prairie North. The Bell Herbarium also refers to the site as Western Prairie North.

 

 

Waterproof footwear recommended


Visits

8/18/2010

  8/6/2012

 

 

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Wet Prairie (Northern)

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All of the observations below were made on the south section of the SNA.


Birds

Five bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:

 

Threatened

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

 

Special concern

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa fedoa)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Barn Swallow


Insects and Arachnids

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

 

Special concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

 
 

band-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

common green darner (Anax junius)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

meadow fritillary (Boloria bellona)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

painted lady (Vanessa cardui)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

silver-bordered fritillary (Boloria selene)

western honey bee (Apis mellifera)

band-winged meadowhawk

common wood nymph

goldenrod soldier beetle

mourning cloak

 

 


Mammals

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

 

Special concern

prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster)

 
 

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Plants

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

 

Special concern

pleated gentian (Gentiana affinis)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 

Watch list

plains bluegrass (Poa arida)

 
 

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

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

Wet Prairie (Northern) WPn53c

 
 

 

American plum (Prunus americana)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

heart-leaved willow (Salix eriocephala)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

Riddell’s goldenrod (Oligoneuron riddellii)

rough bugleweed (Lycopus asper)

sawtooth sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

seaside arrowgrass (Triglochin maritima)

showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

silverweed (Argentina anserina)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

swamp thistle (Cirsium muticum)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white prairie aster (Symphyotrichum falcatum)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

 

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Argentina anserina (silverweed)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium muticum (swamp thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Doellingeria umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus grosseserratus (sawtooth sunflower)

Helianthus maximilianii (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Liatris ligulistylis (northern plains blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lycopus asper (rough bugleweed)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Oligoneuron riddellii (Riddell’s goldenrod)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix eriocephala (heart-leaved willow)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum falcatum (white prairie aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Triglochin maritima (seaside arrowgrass)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American plum

bottle gentian

Canada anemone

common sneezeweed

field sow thistle

golden alexanders

heart-leaved golden alexanders

Maximilian’s sunflower

New England aster

prairie rose

rough bugleweed

showy milkweed

swamp betony

swamp milkweed

Virginia mountain mint

wild parsnip

yellow marsh marigold


 

 

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