Shooting Star Prairie SNA

               
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Area and County

Mower County

 

 

 


Size

8.3 acres

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Parking

N43 32.630, W92 34.682

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

Oak Savanna

Land Type Association(s)

Hayfield Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1 Mesic Prairie (Southern)

Ownership Minnesota DNR logo        
 
Links

Minnesota DNR


Comments

Shooting Star What?!
Visitors to this SNA cannot help but wonder about its name. This site may have been a prairie at one time, but not when the it was designated as an SNA in 1989 and certainly not now. Today, half of the site is densely wooded. The remainder is prairie but moderately to heavily encroached by trees and shrubs.


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8/28/2005

  6/8/2016

 

 

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Birds

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Mourning Dove

Insects and Arachnids

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

painted lady (Vanessa cardui)

painted lady

Plants

Prairie shooting star is being reintroduced into this tiny SNA.

 
 

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

 

Endangered

prairie shooting star (Primula meadia)

 

Special concern

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

white wild indigo (Baptisia lactea var. lactea)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

 
 

big bluestem

black raspberry

Canada plum

giant ragweed

purple prairie clover

spotted touch-me-not

rattlesnake master

stiff goldenrod

white snakeroot

 


 

 

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