Ripley Esker SNA

               
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Area and County

Morrison County

 

 

 


Size

216 acres

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Parking

North Parking
N46 7.185, W94 18.813

South Parking and Geologic Marker
N46 6.894, W94 18.805

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained hiking trails. A well-worn footpath folows the ridge of the esker.

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Western Superior Uplands

Subsection(s)

Mille Lacs Uplands

Land Type Association(s)

Brainerd Drumlin Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Oak - Aspen Woodland


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Minnesota DNR


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Stream Crossing
The esker is cut at one point by a stream that is too wide to step across. About 175 yards south of the stream cut there is a makeshift bridge crossing the stream. The bridge is made of many logs and branches and includes a hand rail.

Drought
The southernmost part of the SNA is a prairie and oak savanna remnant with very few surviving bur oaks. A dozen or more eastern white pine trees are scattered across the savanna. They appear to have been planted in the last 3 to 5 years. In the spring of 2013, all were dead or dying, possibly victims of the drought of 2011-12.


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8/9/2011

6/17/2013

   

 

 

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Wood Routed Sign

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Geologic Marker

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Makeshift Bridge

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Amphibians

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

American toad


Birds

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

American Robin

Blue Jay

Mourning Dove

Red-winged Blackbird


Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Black Knot


Insects and Arachnids

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

band-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum)

chokecherry finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

clouded sulphur (Colias philodice)

common green darner (Anax junius)

dot-tailed whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta)

four-spotted skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

green cloverworm moth (Hypena scabra)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

oak rough bulletgall wasp (Disholcaspis quercusmamma)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

finger gall of chokecherry finger gall mite

four-spotted skimmer

monarch

 


Mammals

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Plants

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

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Oak - Aspen Woodland FDc25b

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

bastard toadflax (Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesqueanum var. rafinesqueanum)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Lindley’s aster (Symphyotrichum ciliolatum)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Parlin’s pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. triflorum)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris)

silvery cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea)

slender beardtongue (Penstemon gracilis var. gracilis)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

veiny pea (Lathyrus venosus)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woolly plantain (Plantago patagonica)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax (Parlin’s pussytoes)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum (northern lady fern)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata (bastard toadflax)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Geum triflorum var. triflorum (prairie smoke)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lathyrus venosus (veiny pea)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Penstemon gracilis var. gracilis (slender beardtongue)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Pinus sylvestris (Scotch pine)

Plantago patagonica (woolly plantain)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil)

Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Ribes cynosbati (eastern prickly gooseberry)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ciliolatum (Lindley’s aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viburnum rafinesqueanum var. rafinesqueanum (downy arrowwood)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

alsike clover

American vetch (var. americana)

black cherry

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

chokecherry

common evening primrose

common false Solomon’s seal

common yarrow

eastern prickly gooseberry

eastern white pine

hoary puccoon

Morrow’s honeysuckle

northern bedstraw

oxeye daisy

prairie rose

red clover

rough-fruited cinquefoil

slender beardtongue

spotted water hemlock

tall cinquefoil

wild columbine

yellow goat’s beard


 

 

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