Spring Creek Prairie SNA

               
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Area and County

Goodhue County

 

 

 


Size

146 acres

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N44 33.100, W92 35.494

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Paleozoic Plateau

Subsection(s)

The Blufflands

Land Type Association(s)

Alluvial Plain

Elba Slopes

 
Native Plant Communities1

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern)

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland


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Visits

8/2/2008

6/4/2014

   

 

 

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At Spring Creek Prairie, sandstone and limestone outcrops overlook open, sandy draws where long ago, active streams cut their way down to the Mississippi.

 
     

 

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Birds

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Black-capped Chickadee

Brown Thrasher

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Wild Turkey


Fungi and Lichens

Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata)

Gray False Death Cap (Amanita citrina var. grisea)

Oak Leaf Blister (Taphrina caerulescens)

Gray False Death Cap

Insects and Arachnids

American lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

common green darner (Anax junius)

eastern daddy-long-legs (Phalangium opilio)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

Hobomok skipper (Poanes hobomok)

linden leaf gall mite (Eriophyes tiliae)

maple bladdergall mite (Vasates quadripedes)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

pelecinid wasp (Pelecinus polyturator)

spongy oak apple gall wasp (Amphibolips confluenta)

common green darner

giant swallowtail

spongy oak apple gall wasp


Mammals

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

Plants

One of the largest known populations of Louisiana bladderpod grows here.

 
 

Two plant species with conservation status in Minnesota and one species on the watch list are found here:

 

Endangered

Louisiana bladderpod (Physaria ludoviciana)

 

Special concern

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

 

Watch list

long-bearded hawkweed (Hieracium longipilum)

 
 

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

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern) UPs13c

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland FDs38a

 
 

 

Allegheny blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American germander (Teucrium canadense)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American spikenard (Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

Aunt Lucy (Ellisia nyctelea)

balsam groundsel (Packera paupercula)

bastard toadflax (Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bracted spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

cylindric blazing star (Liatris cylindracea)

downy painted cup (Castilleja sessiliflora)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern star sedge (Carex radiata)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

grooved yellow flax (Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Howell’s pussy-toes (Antennaria howellii ssp. neodioica)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

late horse-gentian (Triosteum perfoliatum)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Louisiana bladderpod (Physaria ludoviciana)

lyre-leaved rock cress (Arabidopsis lyrata ssp. lyrata)

marijuana (Cannabis sativa)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Parlin’s pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

prairie blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium campestre)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

prairie spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis var. occidentalis)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota ssp. carota)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

rough false pennyroyal (Hedeoma hispida)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

shining bedstraw (Galium concinnum)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

Sprengel’s sedge (Carex sprengelii)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white oak (Quercus alba)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata (American hog peanut)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Antennaria howellii ssp. neodioica (Howell’s pussy-toes)

Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax (Parlin’s pussytoes)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arabidopsis lyrata ssp. lyrata (lyre-leaved rock cress)

Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa (American spikenard)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia frigida (prairie sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior (butterfly weed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum (northern lady fern)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Cannabis sativa (marijuana)

Carex radiata (eastern star sedge)

Carex sprengelii (Sprengel’s sedge)

Castilleja sessiliflora (downy painted cup)

Celastrus scandens (American bittersweet)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata (bastard toadflax)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Daucus carota ssp. carota (Queen Anne’s lace)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Dioscorea villosa (wild yam)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Ellisia nyctelea (Aunt Lucy)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium (rattlesnake master)

Euphorbia corollata (flowering spurge)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium concinnum (shining bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hedeoma hispida (rough false pennyroyal)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Hypericum perforatum (common St. Johnswort)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Koeleria macrantha (June grass)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Liatris cylindracea (cylindric blazing star)

Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum (grooved yellow flax)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lonicera tatarica (Tartarian honeysuckle)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Packera paupercula (balsam groundsel)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Penstemon grandiflorus (large-flowered beardtongue)

Physaria ludoviciana (Louisiana bladderpod)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus allegheniensis (Allegheny blackberry)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Securigera varia (crown vetch)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Sisyrinchium campestre (prairie blue-eyed grass)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum sericeum (silky aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense (American germander)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tradescantia bracteata (bracted spiderwort)

Tradescantia occidentalis var. occidentalis (prairie spiderwort)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Triosteum perfoliatum (late horse-gentian)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

American germander

American spikenard

bastard toadflax

black cherry

black raspberry

bracted spiderwort

butterfly weed

Canada mayflower

common blue violet

common evening primrose

common mullein

common St. Johnswort

early figwort

early meadow rue

flowering spurge

gray-headed coneflower

hoary puccoon

hoary vervain

large-flowered bellwort

large-flowered beardtongue

leadplant

Morrow’s honeysuckle

northern pin oak

prairie coreopsis

prairie spiderwort

purple prairie clover

Queen Anne’s Lace

red clover

round-headed bush clover

silky aster

tall cinquefoil

Virginia waterleaf

western poison ivy

white snakeroot

wild geranium

wild mint

 


Reptiles

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

 

Special concern

eastern racer (Coluber constrictor)


 

 

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