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Area and County

Douglas County

 

 

 


Size

94 Acres

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Parking

N45 49.075, W95 44.619

 
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)

Gilchrist Moraine

 
Native Plant Communities1

Mesic Prairie (Southern)


Ownership The Nature Conservancy logo
 
Links

The Nature Conservancy


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Visits

9/3/2009

   

 

 

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Mesic Prairie (Southern)

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Birds

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

American Goldfinch


Insects and Arachnids

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

 

Endangered

Powesheik skipperling (Oarisma powesheik)

 

Special concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

 
 

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

northern bush katydid (Scudderia septentrionalis)

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

seven-spotted lady beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)

dog day cicada

goldenrod soldier beetle


Plants

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

 

Threatened

beaked skeletonweed (Shinnersoseris rostrata)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American plum (Prunus americana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

boxelder (Acer negundo)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

downy gentian (Gentiana puberulenta)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

great burdock (Arctium lappa)

green carpetweed (Mollugo verticillata)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis)

grooved yellow flax (Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

redroot amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Acer negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Amaranthus retroflexus (redroot amaranth)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium lappa (great burdock)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Dalea candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Gentiana puberulenta (downy gentian)

Helianthus maximilianii (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris ligulistylis (northern plains blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum (grooved yellow flax)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mollugo verticillata (green carpetweed)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Setaria viridis (green foxtail)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

American plum

black-eyed Susan

Canada goldenrod

common yarrow

downy gentian

false sunflower

false sunflower

gray-headed coneflower

northern bedstraw

prairie onion

showy goldenrod

stiff goldenrod

tall cinquefoil

white prairie clover

wild bergamot

 

 


 

 

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