Spring Prairie Preserve


Area and County

    Clay County
    Northwest Minnesota

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470 acres


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N46 55.203, W96 28.320

Hiking Trails

No maintained trails


All hunting. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification

Red River Valley


Red River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Barnesville Beach Complex

Felton Lake Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Wet Prairie (Northern)

Wet Seepage Prairie (Northern)


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The Nature Conservancy


Spring Prairie Preserve was acquired by The Nature Conservancy in August, 2010, under the Minnesota Prairie Recovery Project. Funding was provided by Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund. The 470 acres is three quarter-sections of prairie that, until 2010, was grazed by cattle. It contains wet prairie, mesic prairie, sedge meadow, and marsh. Decades of grazing has changed the mix of plants on this preserve. Some legumes and other plants normally found on native prairies in this part of the state are absent here. On the other hand, it is relatively free of invasive species. The southeast section is wet prairie and wet seepage prairie. The other two sections are a mix of wet prairie, mesic prairie, cattail marsh, and sedge meadow.








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Wet Seepage Prairie (Northern)

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Hen Greater Prairie Chicken attempting to lure me away from her chicks at The Nature Conservancies Spring Prairie Preserve near Glyndon Minnesota.




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northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

northern leopard frog


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



Baird’s Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii)



Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)


Special concern

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)


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Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)

Barn Swallow

Mourning Dove

Insects and Arachnids

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


Special concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)


band-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum)

blue orchard bee (Osmia lignaria lignaria)

common green darner (Anax junius)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

dog day cicada

goldenrod gall fly

regal fritillary


thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


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



Sullivant’s milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)


Plants frequently found in:

Wet Prairie (Northern) WPn53c

Wet Seepage Prairie (Northern) WPn53a



absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alkali buttercup (Ranunculus cymbalaria)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American germander (Teucrium canadense var. canadense)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

eastern panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum var. lanceolatum)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

fringed brome (Bromus ciliatus)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant sumpweed (Cyclachaena xanthiifolia)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Kalm’s lobelia (Lobelia kalmii)

leafy spurge (Euphorbia virgata)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

Missouri goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie goldenrod (Solidago ptarmicoides)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

redroot amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough bugleweed (Lycopus asper)

sage-leaved willow (Salix candida)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

seaside arrowgrass (Triglochin maritima)

showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silverweed (Argentina anserina ssp. anserina)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

Sullivant’s milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

swamp thistle (Cirsium muticum)

tall meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

western ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. corymbosa)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whitecrack willow (Salix × rubens)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)


Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Amaranthus retroflexus (redroot amaranth)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Argentina anserina ssp. anserina (silverweed)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

Asclepias sullivantii (Sullivant’s milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Bromus ciliatus (fringed brome)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium muticum (swamp thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Cyclachaena xanthiifolia (giant sumpweed)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Euphorbia virgata (leafy spurge)

Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lobelia kalmii (Kalm’s lobelia)

Lobelia spicata (palespike lobelia)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus asper (rough bugleweed)

Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Ranunculus cymbalaria (alkali buttercup)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix candida (sage-leaved willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix × rubens (whitecrack willow)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago missouriensis (Missouri goldenrod)

Solidago ptarmicoides (prairie goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys palustris (marsh hedge nettle)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum var. lanceolatum (eastern panicled aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense var. canadense (American germander)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow-rue)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Triglochin maritima (seaside arrowgrass)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Verbesina alternifolia (wingstem)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. corymbosa (western ironweed)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

alsike clover

black-eyed Susan

bull thistle

Canada anemone

common boneset

common yarrow

field sow thistle

fringed loosestrife

golden alexanders

Maximilian’s sunflower

palespike lobelia (var. spicata)

prairie cordgrass

prairie rose

purple rattlesnake root

red osier dogwood

rough bugleweed

spotted Joe Pye weed

Sullivant’s milkweed

swamp milkweed

swamp thistle

Virginia mountain mint

white clover

wild mint

yellow marsh marigold





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