Seven Sisters Prairie

               

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Area and County

Douglas and
Otter Tail Counties

 

 

 


Size

136 acres

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N46 6.370, W95 44.746

 
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Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

Hardwood Hills

Land Type Association(s)

Underwood Moraine

 
Native Plant Communities1

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

Sedge Meadow


Ownership

The Nature Conservancy logo

 
Links

The Nature Conservancy


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This is a popular site. Expect to see other visitors, even on weekdays. There is room for two vehicles in the small parking spot. When parking, pull to one side of the parking spot, leaving room for another.


Visits

8/16/2010

8/19/2013

   

 

 

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Birds

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

 

Special concern

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

 
 

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

American Goldfinch

Blue Jay


Insects and Arachnids

One arachnid species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

 

Special concern

a species of jumping spider (Habronattus texanus)

 
 

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

clouded sulphur (Colias philodice)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod spindle-gall moth (Gnorimoschema gallaesolidaginis)

Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina)

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

goldenrod gall fly

regal fritillary

willow pinecone gall midge


Mammals

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

plains pocket gopher


Plants

Several plants common in states to the west are found at the easternmost edge of their range here.

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

 
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

Balkan catchfly (Silene csereii)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

false boneset (Brickellia eupatorioides var. corymbulosa)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

giant green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. major)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

heart-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

large-flowered beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis linearis)

needle-and-thread (Hesperostipa comata ssp. comata)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)

porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie milkvetch (Astragalus laxmannii var. robustior)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. triflorum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

Riddell’s goldenrod (Oligoneuron riddellii)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

showy blue lettuce (Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa var. speciosa)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia groundcherry (Physalis virginiana var. virginiana)

water horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

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)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia frigida (prairie sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Astragalus laxmannii var. robustior (prairie milkvetch)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bouteloua gracilis (blue grama)

Brickellia eupatorioides var. corymbulosa (false boneset)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Doellingeria umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Equisetum fluviatile (water horsetail)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Geum triflorum var. triflorum (prairie smoke)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Hesperostipa comata ssp. comata (needle-and-thread)

Hesperostipa spartea (porcupine grass)

Heterotheca villosa (hairy false goldenaster)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella (showy blue lettuce)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lithospermum occidentale (western marbleseed)

Lobelia siphilitica (great blue lobelia)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Mirabilis linearis (narrow-leaved four o’clock)

Mirabilis nyctaginea (heart-leaved four o’clock)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oligoneuron riddellii (Riddell’s goldenrod)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Penstemon grandiflorus (large-flowered beardtongue)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Physalis virginiana var. virginiana (Virginia groundcherry)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Saponaria officinalis (bouncing bet)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Setaria viridis var. major (giant green foxtail)

Silene csereii (Balkan catchfly)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa var. speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

absinth wormwood

alfalfa

bouncing bet

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

common blue violet

common evening primrose

common mullein

dotted blazing star

false boneset

harebell

large-flowered beardtongue

leadplant

nannyberry

northern bedstraw

northern prickly ash

prairie onion

prairie rose

prairie smoke

purple prairie clover

smooth sumac

Virginia creeper

western poison ivy flowers

wild parsnip

yellow goat’s beard

 


 

 

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