Tympanuchus Prairie

               
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Area and County

Polk County

 

 

 


Size

160 acres

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N47 40.824, W96 25.000

 
Hiking Trails

None

 
Hunting

Hunting and trapping allowed


Ecological Classification

Province

Tallgrass Aspen Parklands

Ecological Classification

Section

Lake Agassiz, Aspen Parklands

Subsection(s)

Aspen Parklands

Land Type Association(s)

Beach Ridges

 
Native Plant Communities1

Mesic Prairie (Northern)

Wet Prairie (Northern)


Ownership

The Nature Conservancy logo

 
Links

The Nature Conservancy


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Parking
Park on the field access at the southeast corner of the site, on the west side of 170th Ave. SW.

Signage
The boundaries are well marked with yellow boundary signs. However, there is no wood routed or other sign showing the name of the site.

Contiguous Prairie
Tympanuchus Prairie is bordered on the east and in part on the north by Tympanuchus WMA. The southeast corner is adjacent to Thorson Prairie WMA.

 

History
Tympanuchus Prairie was acquired with funds provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which was created by the 2008 Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

 

Overview
Tympanuchus Prairie is a The Nature Conservancy preserve in Polk County. It was acquired with funds provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which was created by the 2008 Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Its 160 acres of mesic and wet prairie protect habitat for the Greater Prairie Chicken, a species of special concern in Minnesota. is bordered on the east and in part on the north by Tympanuchus Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The southeast corner is adjacent to Thorson Prairie WMA.

Visitors to Tympanuchus Prairie this week (8/28 to 9/3/2016) will see many prairie plants at or near their peak blooming time. These include flat-topped, New England, smooth blue, white heath, and white panicled asters; Maximillian and stiff sunflowers; bottle and lesser fringed gentians; and giant, grass-leaved, late, Riddel’s, and stiff goldenrods. If they are lucky, they may even see a Great Plains ladies’ tresses in full bloom.


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8/23/2016

8/25/2016

   

 

 

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Bacteria

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

 


Birds

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

 

Special concern

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

 
 

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

American Goldfinch


Insects and Arachnids

autumn meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

common green darner (Anax junius)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

sword-bearing conehead (Neoconocephalus ensiger)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

viceroy

willow pinecone gall midge


Mammals

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

plains pocket gopher


Plants

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

Wet Prairie (Northern) WPn53c

 
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

arctic brome (Bromus kalmii)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

bluejoint (Calamagrostis canadensis)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

brook lobelia (Lobelia kalmii)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common spikerush (Eleocharis palustris)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dark green bulrush (Scirpus atrovirens)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

dwarf false indigo (Amorpha nana)

falsegold groundsel (Packera pseudaurea var. semicordata)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

four-flowered yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora)

fowl mannagrass (Glyceria striata)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia)

Great Plains ladies’ tresses (Spiranthes magnicamporum)

great water dock (Rumex britannica)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hemlock water-parsnip (Sium suave)

hybrid cattail (Typha x glauca)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

large-leaved avens (Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

lesser fringed gentian (Gentianopsis virgata)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

marsh vetchling (Lathyrus palustris)

mat muhly (Muhlenbergia richardsonis)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii)

mountain death camas (Anticlea elegans)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

Pennsylvania buttercup (Ranunculus pensylvanicus)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. triflorum)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

pussy willow (Salix discolor)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

redtop (Agrostis gigantea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

Riddell’s goldenrod (Oligoneuron riddellii)

roadside agrimony (Agrimonia striata)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough bugleweed (Lycopus asper)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silverberry (Elaeagnus commutata)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

silverweed (Argentina anserina)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

small yellow water crowfoot (Ranunculus gmelinii)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

soft-stem bulrush (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani)

southern yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis dillenii)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

tussock sedge (Carex stricta)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

water plantain (Alisma sp.)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agrimonia striata (roadside agrimony)

Agrostis gigantea (redtop)

Alisma sp. (water plantain)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amorpha nana (dwarf false indigo)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anticlea elegans (mountain death camas)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Argentina anserina (silverweed)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Bromus kalmii (arctic brome)

Calamagrostis canadensis (bluejoint)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carex stricta (tussock sedge)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Doellingeria umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Elaeagnus commutata (silverberry)

Eleocharis palustris (common spikerush)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Gentianopsis virgata (lesser fringed gentian)

Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum (large-leaved avens)

Geum triflorum var. triflorum (prairie smoke)

Glyceria striata (fowl mannagrass)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus maximilianii (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Lathyrus palustris (marsh vetchling)

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)

Lobelia kalmii (brook lobelia)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus asper (rough bugleweed)

Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)

Lysimachia quadriflora (four-flowered yellow loosestrife)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Muhlenbergia richardsonis (mat muhly)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oligoneuron riddellii (Riddell’s goldenrod)

Oxalis dillenii (southern yellow wood sorrel)

Packera pseudaurea var. semicordata (falsegold groundsel)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Ranunculus gmelinii (small yellow water crowfoot)

Ranunculus pensylvanicus (Pennsylvania buttercup)

Ratibida columnifera (long-headed coneflower)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex britannica (great water dock)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix discolor (pussy willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani (soft-stem bulrush)

Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Sium suave (hemlock water-parsnip)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Spiranthes magnicamporum (Great Plains ladies’ tresses)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum laeve (smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Typha x glauca (hybrid cattail)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

absinth wormwood

alsike clover

American plum

bird’s-foot trefoil

black-eyed susan

bottle gentian

Canada anemone

Canadian milkvetch

common sneezeweed

Culver’s root

dotted blazing star

Flodman’s thistle

fringed loosestrife

golden alexanders

Great Plains ladies’ tresses

harebell

leadplant

lesser fringed gentian (ssp. virgata)

long-headed coneflower

New England aster

prairie fleabane (var. strigosus)

prairie ironweed

prairie onion

prairie smoke

prairie violet

rough cinquefoil

Russian olive

silverberry

silverleaf scurfpea

spotted Joe Pye weed

spotted water hemlock

stiff goldenrod

stiff sunflower (ssp. subrhomboideus)

swamp milkweed

Virginia mountain mint

white prairie clover

wild mint

yellow sweet clover

 

 

 

 


 

 

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