Sedan Brook Prairie SNA

               
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Area and County

Stearns County

 

 

 


Size

225 acres

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Parking

N45 32.529, W95 5.445

 
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)

Bellgrade Sand Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Northern)

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

Sedge Meadow


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Visits

6/19/2006

  7/2/2017

 

 

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About

Along the banks of Sedan Brook is found one of the very few prairies over ten acres remaining in this part of the state. Most of central Minnesota's prairies have been converted to farmland. This extremely rare natural community is the best example of mesic blacksoil prairie left in Stearns County..

 
     

 

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Bacteria

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

 


Birds

Sandhill Cranes nest on this site.

Snipe or Woodcock?
The Minnesota DNR bird list includes Wilson’s Snipe but not American Woodcock. A confirmed sighting of American Woodcock was made on this site in 2003 and is included on the Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas.

 
 

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

 

Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)

Veery (Catharus fuscescens)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia aestiva)

American Goldfinch

Baltimore Oriole Nest

Blue Jay

Great Egret

Green Heron

Mourning Dove

Red-winged Blackbird

Song Sparrow

Wood Duck


Fungi and Lichens

American Hawthorn Rust (Gymnosporangium globosum)

Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata)

American Hawthorn Rust


Insects and Arachnids

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

chokecherry finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

common buckeye (Junonia coenia)

common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata)

common green darner (Anax junius)

common whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

deer fly (Chrysops spp.)

dot-tailed whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta)

European skipper (Thymelicus lineola)

eyed brown (Lethe eurydice)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Harris’ Checkerspot (Chlosyne harrisii)

Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

northern crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

painted lady (Vanessa cardui)

summer azure (Celastrina neglecta)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

twice-stabbed stink bug (Cosmopepla lintneriana)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

water strider (Family Gerridae)

western honey bee (Apis mellifera)

white admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis)

white-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

common buckeye

common green darner

common whitetail

goldenrod gall fly

Japanese beetle

painted lady

twelve-spotted skimmer

viceroy


Mammals

American beaver (Castor canadensis)

eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

plains pocket gopher

Plants

One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:

 

Special concern

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Northern) MRn83a

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

arctic brome (Bromus kalmii)

bastard toadflax (Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata)

bearded wheatgrass (Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus)

Bebb’s willow (Salix bebbiana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

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

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

common bladderwort (Utricularia vulgaris ssp. macrorhiza)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common duckweed (Lemna minor)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

falsegold groundsel (Packera pseudaurea var. semicordata)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata var. pubens)

floating pondweed (Potamogeton natans)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

four-flowered yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora)

fox sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

greater duckweed (Spirodela polyrrhiza)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy hedge nettle (Stachys pilosa var. pilosa)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

hybrid cattail (Typha x glauca)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

lake sedge (Carex lacustris)

large-leaved avens (Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Leiberg’s panic grass (Dichanthelium leibergii)

limber honeysuckle (Lonicera dioica)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

long-leaved chickweed (Stellaria longifolia)

marsh vetchling (Lathyrus palustris)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii)

meadow horsetail (Equisetum pratense)

mountain blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium montanum var. montanum)

mountain death camas (Anticlea elegans var. elegans)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

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

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

oval-leaf milkweed (Asclepias ovalifolia)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

pale agoseris (Agoseris glauca var. glauca)

peachleaf willow (Salix amygdaloides)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie groundsel (Packera plattensis)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. triflorum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple-stem aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum)

pussy willow (Salix discolor)

quackgrass (Elymus repens)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Quebec hawthorn (Crataegus submollis)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silky dogwood (Cornus amomum ssp. obliqua)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

sky-blue aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense var. oolentangiense)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

small yellow water crowfoot (Ranunculus gmelinii)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata var. maculata)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stickseed (Hackelia sp.)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

swamp thistle (Cirsium muticum)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

toothed evening primrose (Oenothera serrulata)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

wood betony (Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis)

wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woundwort (Stachys pilosa var. arenicola)

yellow avens (Geum aleppicum)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

yellow star grass (Hypoxis hirsuta)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Agoseris glauca var. glauca (pale agoseris)

Agrostis stolonifera (creeping bentgrass)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anticlea elegans var. elegans (mountain death camas)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias ovalifolia (oval-leaf milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Bromus kalmii (arctic brome)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Carex lacustris (lake sedge)

Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)

Cicuta maculata var. maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium muticum (swamp thistle)

Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata (bastard toadflax)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus amomum ssp. obliqua (silky dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Crataegus submollis (Quebec hawthorn)

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

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Dichanthelium leibergii (Leiberg’s panic grass)

Doellingeria umbellata var. pubens (flat-topped aster)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Elymus repens (quackgrass)

Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus (bearded wheatgrass)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Equisetum pratense (meadow horsetail)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Frangula alnus (glossy buckthorn)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Geum aleppicum (yellow avens)

Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum (large-leaved avens)

Geum triflorum var. triflorum (prairie smoke)

Hackelia sp. (stickseed)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Helianthus maximilianii (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus (stiff sunflower)

Hesperostipa spartea (porcupine grass)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Hypoxis hirsuta (yellow star grass)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lathyrus palustris (marsh vetchling)

Lemna minor (common duckweed)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum (wood lily)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lonicera dioica (limber honeysuckle)

Lonicera tatarica (Tartarian honeysuckle)

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

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lysimachia quadriflora (four-flowered yellow loosestrife)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oenothera serrulata (toothed evening primrose)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Packera plattensis (prairie groundsel)

Packera pseudaurea var. semicordata (falsegold groundsel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis (wood betony)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potamogeton natans (floating pondweed)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Ranunculus gmelinii (small yellow water crowfoot)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix amygdaloides (peachleaf willow)

Salix bebbiana (Bebb’s willow)

Salix discolor (pussy willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Sisyrinchium montanum var. montanum (mountain blue-eyed grass)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Spirodela polyrrhiza (greater duckweed)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys pilosa var. arenicola (woundwort)

Stachys pilosa var. pilosa (hairy hedge nettle)

Stellaria longifolia (long-leaved chickweed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Symphyotrichum oolentangiense var. oolentangiense (sky-blue aster)

Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum (purple-stem aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Typha x glauca (hybrid cattail)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Utricularia vulgaris ssp. macrorhiza (common bladderwort)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

alsike clover

American plum

American vetch

annual fleabane

bird’s-foot trefoil

black-eyed Susan

Canada anemone

Canadian tick-trefoil

common boneset

common evening primrose

common sneezeweed

Culver’s root

downy phlox

four-flowered yellow loosestrife

golden alexanders

heart-leaved golden alexanders

hedge bindweed

hoary puccoon

leadplant

Maximilian’s sunflower

mountain death camas (var. elegans)

New England aster

northern bedstraw

oxeye daisy

pale agoseris

Philadelphia fleabane

prairie rose

prairie smoke

purple prairie clover

rough cinquefoil

rough-fruited cinquefoil

silverleaf scurfpea

spotted touch-me-not

spotted water hemlock

swamp milkweed

swamp thistle

Tartarian honeysuckle

toothed evening primrose

white campion

white prairie clover

white snakeroot

wood lily

yellow marsh marigold


 

 

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