Sandpiper Prairie SNA

       
   

Area and County

    Norman County
    Northwest Minnesota
     
 

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561 acres

 
 
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Field Access
N47 14.939, W96 24.411

 
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

Felton Lake Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Basin Meadow/Carr

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Prairie)

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Northern)

Mesic Prairie (Northern)

Northwestern Mesic Aspen-Oak Woodland

Prairie Meadow/Carr

Sedge Meadow: Beaked Sedge Subtype

Sedge Meadow: Lake Sedge Subtype

Wet Prairie (Northern)

Wet Saline Prairie (Northern)

 
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Prairie Restoration
A 40-acre former agricultural field south of the farm is undergoing prairie restoration. In 2018, parts of this restoration were overtaken by amaranth and dock. Other parts had been recently seeded and showed an even distribution of the plants in the seed mix in rows created by the seed spreader.

 
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8/17/2010

  7/30/2018        

 

 

 

 

       
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Sandpiper Prairie in bloom....

Taken August 25, 2018.

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2010

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2018

The sign in its new location.

 

 

       

Mesic Prairie (Northern)

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Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Northern)

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Prairie Mix

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Northern) at the bottom, Mesic Prairie (Northern) in the middle, Wet Prairie (Northern) in the distance

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Insects and Arachnids

dogbane beetle (Chrysochus auratus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

northern amber bumble bee (Bombus borealis)

swamp milkweed leaf beetle (Labidomera clivicollis)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

western honey bee (Apis mellifera)

monarch
 
Plants

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum)

wood lily

 
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Bacteria

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

Pst

 
Birds

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

 

Endangered

Harris’s Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula)

 

Threatened

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

 

Special concern

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa fedoa)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis tabida)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

American Goldfinch

Gray Catbird

Mourning Dove

 
Insects and Arachnids

Atlantis fritillary (Speyeria atlantis)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

golden northern bumble bee (Bombus fervidus)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

meadow fritillary (Boloria bellona)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

western honey bee (Apis mellifera)

Atlantis fritillary

great spangled fritillary

monarch

viceroy

 
Mammals

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

plains pocket gopher

 
Plants

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Basin Meadow/Carr WMs92a

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Prairie) MRp83a

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Northern) UPn12b

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

Northwestern Mesic Aspen-Oak Woodland FDw34

Prairie Meadow/Carr WMp73a

Sedge Meadow: Beaked Sedge Subtype WMn82b3

Sedge Meadow: Lake Sedge Subtype WMn82b4

Wet Prairie (Northern) WPn53c

Wet Saline Prairie (Northern) WPn53d

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American germander (Teucrium canadense)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

arctic brome (Bromus kalmii)

Baltic rush (Juncus balticus var. littoralis)

barnyard grass (Echinochloa crus-galli)

bastard toadflax (Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata)

Bell’s honeysuckle (Lonicera × bella)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

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

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

bluejoint (Calamagrostis canadensis)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada bluegrass (Poa compressa)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

crested wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curlytop knotweed (Persicaria lapathifolia)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

dwarf false indigo (Amorpha nana)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

four-flowered yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora)

fox sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

giant sumpweed (Cyclachaena xanthiifolia)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green amaranth (Amaranthus hybridus)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. viridis)

green needlegrass (Nassella viridula)

grooved yellow flax (Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

Kalm’s lobelia (Lobelia kalmii)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

lacy tansyaster (Machaeranthera pinnatifida var. pinnatifida)

larger Canadian St. Johnswort (Hypericum majus)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

marsh bellflower (Campanula aparinoides)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

marsh vetchling (Lathyrus palustris)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

Missouri goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis)

mountain death camas (Anticlea elegans)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard (Crepis tectorum)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

pale bulrush (Scirpus pallidus)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium campestre)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

pussy willow (Salix discolor)

quackgrass (Elymus repens)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

redtop (Agrostis gigantea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

Riddell’s goldenrod (Oligoneuron riddellii)

rough bentgrass (Agrostis scabra)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough bugleweed (Lycopus asper)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

seaside arrowgrass (Triglochin maritima)

showy blue lettuce (Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

silverweed (Argentina anserina)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

soft-stem bulrush (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani)

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)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

switch grass (Panicum virgatum var. virgatum)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

textile onion (Allium textile)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

Torrey’s rush (Juncus torreyi)

Virginia groundcherry (Physalis virginiana var. virginiana)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white vervain (Verbena urticifolia)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

willow herb (Epilobium sp.)

witch grass (Panicum capillare)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

wood betony (Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agropyron cristatum (crested wheatgrass)

Agrostis gigantea (redtop)

Agrostis scabra (rough bentgrass)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Allium textile (textile onion)

Amaranthus hybridus (green amaranth)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amorpha nana (dwarf false indigo)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anticlea elegans (mountain death camas)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Argentina anserina (silverweed)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia dracunculus (tarragon)

Artemisia frigida (prairie sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bromus kalmii (arctic brome)

Calamagrostis canadensis (bluejoint)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Campanula aparinoides (marsh bellflower)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata (bastard toadflax)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Crepis tectorum (narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard)

Cyclachaena xanthiifolia (giant sumpweed)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Doellingeria umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Echinochloa crus-galli (barnyard grass)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Elymus repens (quackgrass)

Epilobium sp. (willow herb)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Hesperostipa spartea (porcupine grass)

Heterotheca villosa (hairy false goldenaster)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Hypericum majus (larger Canadian St. Johnswort)

Juncus balticus var. littoralis (Baltic rush)

Juncus torreyi (Torrey’s rush)

Koeleria macrantha (June grass)

Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella (showy blue lettuce)

Lathyrus palustris (marsh vetchling)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris ligulistylis (northern plains blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum (grooved yellow flax)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lobelia kalmii (Kalm’s lobelia)

Lobelia spicata (palespike lobelia)

Lonicera × bella (Bell’s honeysuckle)

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

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus asper (rough bugleweed)

Lysimachia quadriflora (four-flowered yellow loosestrife)

Machaeranthera pinnatifida var. pinnatifida (lacy tansyaster)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Nassella viridula (green needlegrass)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oligoneuron riddellii (Riddell’s goldenrod)

Panicum capillare (witch grass)

Panicum virgatum var. virgatum (switch grass)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis (wood betony)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Persicaria lapathifolia (curlytop knotweed)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Physalis virginiana var. virginiana (Virginia groundcherry)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Poa compressa (Canada bluegrass)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)

Prunus pensylvanica (pin cherry)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Ratibida columnifera (long-headed coneflower)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix discolor (pussy willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani (soft-stem bulrush)

Scirpus pallidus (pale bulrush)

Setaria viridis var. viridis (green foxtail)

Sisyrinchium campestre (prairie blue-eyed grass)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago missouriensis (Missouri 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)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys palustris (marsh hedge nettle)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum laeve (smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Symphyotrichum sericeum (silky aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense (American germander)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Triglochin maritima (seaside arrowgrass)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American black currant

American germander

American red raspberry

Bell’s honeysuckle

bird’s-foot trefoil

black-eyed susan

Canada anemone

common evening primrose

common strawberry

common yarrow

Culver’s root

dotted blazing star

four-flowered yellow loosestrife

golden alexanders

grass-leaved goldenrod

gray-headed coneflower

harebell

hedge bindweed

hoary puccoon

leadplant

long-headed coneflower

marsh bellflower

mountain death camas (var. elegans)

northern bedstraw

palespike lobelia (var. spicata)

prairie cordgrass

Philadelphia fleabane

prairie ironweed

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

Russian olive

showy goldenrod (var. speciosa)

silky aster

silvery cinquefoil

spotted touch-me-not

swamp milkweed

tall cinquefoil

Virginia mountain mint

wild bergamot

wild mint

wood betony

yellow goat's beard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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