Staffanson Prairie

       
   

Area and County

    Douglas County
    Northwest Minnesota
     
 

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94 Acres

 
 
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N45 49.075, W95 44.619

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

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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)


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9/3/2009

  6/25/2018        

 

 

 

 

       

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Bacteria

apical chlorosis of Canada thistle (Pst) (Pseudomonas syringae pv. tagetis)

Pst


Birds

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

American Goldfinch

Blue Jay

Mourning Dove

Red-winged Blackbird


Fungi and Lichens

Oat Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae)

Oat Crown Rust


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)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

dot-tailed whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta)

gall midge (Rhopalomyia artemisiae)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

northern bush katydid (Scudderia septentrionalis)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

seven-spotted lady beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

Carolina grasshopper

goldenrod gall fly

monarch

twelve-spotted skimmer


Mammals

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

plains pocket gopher


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 bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

bearded wheatgrass (Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus)

Bebb’s willow (Salix bebbiana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bracted spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

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 lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

Dewey’s sedge (Carex deweyana)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

downy gentian (Gentiana puberulenta)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

fringed brome (Bromus ciliatus)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

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)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

large yellow lady’s slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula)

Leiberg’s panic grass (Dichanthelium leibergii)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

mountain death camas (Anticlea elegans)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

pale agoseris (Agoseris glauca var. glauca)

pale bulrush (Scirpus pallidus)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

pussy willow (Salix discolor)

quackgrass (Elymus repens)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

redroot amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

showy blue lettuce (Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

tall blue lettuce (Lactuca biennis)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

toothed evening primrose (Oenothera serrulata)

veiny pea (Lathyrus venosus)

Virginia groundcherry (Physalis virginiana var. virginiana)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

wood betony (Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis)

wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woundwort (Stachys pilosa var. arenicola)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agoseris glauca var. glauca (pale agoseris)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Amaranthus retroflexus (redroot amaranth)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anticlea elegans (mountain death camas)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium lappa (great burdock)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia dracunculus (tarragon)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bromus ciliatus (fringed brome)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Carex deweyana (Dewey’s sedge)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Celastrus scandens (American bittersweet)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens (large yellow lady’s slipper)

Dalea candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens (prairie larkspur)

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Dichanthelium leibergii (Leiberg’s panic grass)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Elymus repens (quackgrass)

Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus (bearded wheatgrass)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Euphorbia esula (leafy spurge)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Gentiana puberulenta (downy gentian)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Helianthus maximilianii (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Hesperostipa spartea (porcupine grass)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Lactuca biennis (tall blue lettuce)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella (showy blue lettuce)

Lathyrus venosus (veiny pea)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

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)

Lilium philadelphicum var. andinum (wood lily)

Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum (grooved yellow flax)

Lobelia spicata (palespike lobelia)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

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)

Oenothera serrulata (toothed evening primrose)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis (wood betony)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Physalis virginiana var. virginiana (Virginia groundcherry)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix bebbiana (Bebb’s willow)

Salix discolor (pussy willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Scirpus pallidus (pale bulrush)

Setaria viridis (green foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys pilosa var. arenicola (woundwort)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum sericeum (silky aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Tradescantia bracteata (bracted spiderwort)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

alfalfa

American black currant

American plum

American vetch

black-eyed Susan

bracted spiderwort

Canada anemone

Canadian tick-trefoil

common blue violet

common evening primrose

common yarrow

downy gentian

false sunflower

gray-headed coneflower

hedge bindweed

large yellow lady’s slipper

leadplant

Maximilian’s sunflower

Missouri gooseberry

mountain death camas (var. elegans)

pale agoseris

palespike lobelia (var. spicata)

prairie larkspur

prairie onion

prairie rose

prairie violet

purple prairie clover

showy goldenrod (var. speciosa)

silky aster

silverleaf scurfpea

spotted touch-me-not

tall cinquefoil

toothed evening primrose

white campion

white prairie clover

whorled milkweed

wild bergamot

wood lily

 

 

 

 


 

 

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