Rock Ridge Prairie SNA

               
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Area and County

Cottonwood County

 

 

 


Size

203 acres

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Parking

N44 5.829, W95 3.623

 
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

 
Native Plant Communities1

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Prairie): Sioux Quartzite Subtype

Mesic Prairie (Southern)


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History
This site was disignated Rock Ridge Prairie Scientific and Natural Area on May 21, 2004.


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8/1/2010

8/31/2016

   

 

 

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Amphibians

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

northern leopard frog

Birds

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Mourning Dove

Insects and Arachnids

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

common green darner (Anax junius)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

northern bush katydid (Scudderia septentrionalis)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

monarch

twelve-spotted skimmer

 

 


Mammals

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

American red squirrel

Plants

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

 

Threatened

prairie bush clover (Lespedeza leptostachya)

 

Special concern

buffalo grass (Buchloë dactyloides)

tumblegrass (Schedonnardus paniculatus)

 
 

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

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Prairie): Sioux Quartzite Subtype ROs12a2

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

 
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American stickseed (Hackelia deflexa var. americana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

blue spruce (Picea pungens)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

bracted vervain (Verbena bracteata)

brittle prickly pear (Opuntia fragilis)

buffalo grass (Buchloë dactyloides)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

corn (Zea mays)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

fluxweed (Isanthus brachiatus)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

goldmoss stonecrop (Sedum acre)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

Great Plains flat-topped goldenrod (Euthamia gymnospermoides)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis)

grimmia dry rock moss (Grimmia laevigata)

hairy grama (Bouteloua hirsuta var. hirsuta)

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)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

nodding spurge (Euphorbia nutans)

pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica var. pensylvanica)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

redroot amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus)

rock spikemoss (Selaginella rupestris)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

rough false pennyroyal (Hedeoma hispida)

rough rattlesnake root (Nabalus asper)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

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

Standley’s goosefoot (Chenopodium standleyanum)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. pauciflorus)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sunbright (Phemeranthus parviflorus)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

veiny pea (Lathyrus venosus)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woolly burdock (Arctium tomentosum)

woolly plantain (Plantago patagonica)

yellow alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. falcata)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Amaranthus retroflexus (redroot amaranth)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium tomentosum (woolly burdock)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bouteloua hirsuta var. hirsuta (hairy grama)

Buchloë dactyloides (buffalo grass)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Chenopodium standleyanum (Standley’s goosefoot)

Cirsium altissimum (tall thistle)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Dalea candida (white prairie clover)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Euphorbia nutans (nodding spurge)

Euthamia gymnospermoides (Great Plains flat-topped goldenrod)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Grimmia laevigata (grimmia dry rock moss)

Grindelia squarrosa (curly-cup gumweed)

Hackelia deflexa var. americana (American stickseed)

Hedeoma hispida (rough false pennyroyal)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. pauciflorus (stiff sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Isanthus brachiatus (fluxweed)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Lathyrus venosus (veiny pea)

Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. falcata (yellow alfalfa)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Nabalus asper (rough rattlesnake root)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Opuntia fragilis (brittle prickly pear)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Phemeranthus parviflorus (sunbright)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea pungens (blue spruce)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago patagonica (woolly plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

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

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Prunus pensylvanica var. pensylvanica (pin cherry)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Sedum acre (goldmoss stonecrop)

Selaginella rupestris (rock spikemoss)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Setaria viridis (green foxtail)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbena bracteata (bracted vervain)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zea mays (corn)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

alsike clover

big bluestem

brittle prickly pear

catnip

common evening primrose

common evening primrose

common yarrow

downy phlox

false sunflower

field sow thistle

gray-headed coneflower

heart-leaved golden alexanders

leadplant

prairie coreopsis

prairie onion

prairie rose

rough cinquefoil

rough false pennyroyal

Russian olive

silverleaf scurfpea

tall cinquefoil

western poison ivy

white prairie clover

whorled milkweed

woolly plantain

yellow goat’s beard


 

 

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