Townsend Woods SNA

 

 

     
 
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History

 
 

 

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

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Detail map (MN DNR)

 
         
 

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Size

 
 

73 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

N44 14.694, W93 31.475

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35

 
         
 

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          Rice County  
          Southeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

There are no maintained trails. There is a ½ mile walking corridor from the parking area to the site.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Big Woods

   
  Land Type Association    

Cordova Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh

Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods)

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

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Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods)

 
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Townsend Woods Scientific and Natural Area is a hardwood forest preserve in south-central Minnesota.

 

 

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Visits

5/6/2005   3/24/2012   5/10/2014   5/31/2014   5/20/2017
 
 

Amphibians

 
  boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)   boreal chorus frog  
 

Birds

 
 

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

Special Concern

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Hairy Woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus)

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)

 

American Goldfinch

American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Brown Thrasher

Canada Goose

Chipping Sparrow

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Wild Turkey

Yellow-rumped Warbler

 
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

 
 

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Scarlet Cup (Sarcoscypha austriaca)

True Tinder Polypore (Fomes fomentarius)

Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)

  Black Knot  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

four-spotted skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

lime nail gall mite (Eriophyes tiliae)

maple bladdergall mite (Vasates quadripedes)

spongy oak apple gall wasp (Amphibolips confluenta)

 

goldenrod bunch gall midge

spongy oak apple gall wasp

 
 

Mammals

 
 

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  whitetail deer  
 

Plants

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh MRn83

Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods) MHs39c

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a

     
 

 

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

drooping trillium (Trillium flexipes)

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern star sedge (Carex radiata)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green carpetweed (Mollugo verticillata)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

inflated narrow-leaf sedge (Carex grisea)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

late horse gentian (Triosteum perfoliatum)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

musk thistle (Carduus nutans)

nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

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

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

pussy willow (Salix discolor)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

showy orchis (Galearis spectabilis)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slippery elm (Ulmus rubra)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

smooth yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

veiny pea (Lathyrus venosus var. intonsus)

velvet-leaf (Abutilon theophrasti)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white trout lily (Erythronium albidum)

wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis)

 

Abutilon theophrasti (velvet-leaf)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia (wood anemone)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (Canadian wild ginger)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

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

Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)

Cardamine concatenata (cut-leaved toothwort)

Carduus nutans (musk thistle)

Carex grisea (inflated narrow-leaf sedge)

Carex radiata (eastern star sedge)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Erythronium albidum (white trout lily)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galearis spectabilis (showy orchis)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Koeleria macrantha (June grass)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lathyrus venosus var. intonsus) (veiny pea)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian honeysuckle)

Lysimachia borealis (American starflower)

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

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Mollugo verticillata (green carpetweed)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii (wild blue phlox)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Salix discolor (pussy willow)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trillium flexipes (drooping trillium)

Triosteum perfoliatum (late horse gentian)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)

Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula (smooth yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

 

American black currant

American plum

black raspberry

blue cohosh

bloodroot

chokecherry

common blue violet

Dutchman’s Breeches

eastern false rue anemone

eastern redcedar

large-flowered bellwort

musk thistle

northern prickly ash

red clover

red elderberry

sharp-lobed hepatica

Tatarian honeysuckle

Virginia waterleaf

wild geranium

wild leek

wood anemone

woodland strawberry

 
 

Reptiles

 
  common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)   common garter snake  

 

 

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