Schaefer Prairie

               
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Area and County

McLeod County

 

 

 


Size

160 acres

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N44 43.073, W94 17.706

 
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)

Gibbon Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

Sedge Meadow


Ownership The Nature Conservancy logo    
 
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The Nature Conservancy


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There is a parking lot at the southeast corner of the preserve.


Visits

8/18/2005

9/24/2013

   

 

 

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Amphibians

boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

northern leopard frog

Birds

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

American Goldfinch

Blue Jay

 


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)

 
 

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis
f. succinea)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

goldenrod gall fly

monarch

viceroy


Mammals

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

Plants

About 5,000 seedlings have been planted in the southeast corner of the preserve to create a “showcase” area.

 
 

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

 

Threatened

Sullivant’s milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)

 

Special concern

Hill’s thistle (Cirsium pumilum var. hillii)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 
 

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

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

 
 

 

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

blue skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora var. lateriflora)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

Dakota gentian (Gentiana andrewsii var. dakotica)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

downy gentian (Gentiana puberulenta)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

dwarf false indigo (Amorpha nana)

false boneset (Brickellia eupatorioides var. corymbulosa)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

fringed brome (Bromus ciliatus)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green amaranth (Amaranthus hybridus)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. viridis)

heart-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)

lance-leaf fog-fruit (Phyla lanceolata)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

marsh vetchling (Lathyrus palustris)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana ssp. virginiana)

paleleaf woodland sunflower (Helianthus strumosus)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie milkvetch (Astragalus laxmannii var. robustior)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie turnip (Pediomelum esculentum)

prairie willow (Salix humilis var. humilis)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

pussy willow (Salix discolor)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

Riddell’s goldenrod (Oligoneuron riddellii)

rough bentgrass (Agrostis scabra)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

sage-leaved willow (Salix candida)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

sawtooth sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

sky-blue aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense var. oolentangiense)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

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

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

Sullivant’s milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

swamp thistle (Cirsium muticum)

switch grass (Panicum virgatum var. virgatum)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum)

tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

threeway sedge (Dulichium arundinaceum var. arundinaceum)

tufted lovegrass (Eragrostis pectinacea var. pectinacea)

veiny pea (Lathyrus venosus)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

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)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

winged loosestrife (Lythrum alatum var. alatum)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agrostis scabra (rough bentgrass)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Amaranthus hybridus (green amaranth)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common 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)

Antennaria neglecta (field pussytoes)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia dracunculus (tarragon)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias sullivantii (Sullivant’s milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior (butterfly weed)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Astragalus laxmannii var. robustior (prairie milkvetch)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Brickellia eupatorioides var. corymbulosa (false boneset)

Bromus ciliatus (fringed brome)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cirsium altissimum (tall thistle)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium muticum (swamp thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Dulichium arundinaceum var. arundinaceum (threeway sedge)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Eragrostis pectinacea var. pectinacea (tufted lovegrass)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Gentiana andrewsii var. dakotica (Dakota gentian)

Gentiana puberulenta (downy gentian)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus grosseserratus (sawtooth sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Helianthus strumosus (paleleaf woodland sunflower)

Helianthus tuberosus (Jerusalem artichoke)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Lathyrus palustris (marsh vetchling)

Lathyrus venosus (veiny pea)

Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

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)

Lithospermum occidentale (western marbleseed)

Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus (northern bugleweed)

Lythrum alatum var. alatum (winged loosestrife)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mirabilis nyctaginea (heart-leaved four o’clock)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oligoneuron riddellii (Riddell’s goldenrod)

Panicum virgatum var. virgatum (switch grass)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Pediomelum esculentum (prairie turnip)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Phyla lanceolata (lance-leaf fog-fruit)

Physostegia virginiana var. virginiana (obedient plant)

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

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix candida (sage-leaved willow)

Salix discolor (pussy willow)

Salix humilis var. humilis (prairie willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Scutellaria lateriflora var. lateriflora (blue skullcap)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Setaria viridis var. viridis (green foxtail)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant 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)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum laeve (smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Symphyotrichum oolentangiense var. oolentangiense (sky-blue aster)

Symphyotrichum sericeum (silky aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Xanthium strumarium (rough cocklebur)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American cow parsnip

black raspberry

butterfly weed

Canada anemone

Canadian milkvetch

Canadian tick-trefoil

common evening primrose

common sneezeweed

Culver’s root

downy gentian

downy phlox

false boneset

false sunflower

gray-headed coneflower

leadplant

narrow-leaved purple coneflower

New England aster

northern bedstraw

prairie cordgrass

prairie ironweed

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

red clover

red osier dogwood

round-headed bush clover

sawtooth sunflower

silky aster

silverleaf scurfpea

swamp milkweed

swamp thistle

tall cinquefoil

tall meadow rue

western poison ivy

wild grape

winged loosestrife

yellow sweet clover

 

 


 

 

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