Wahpeton Prairie WMA


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    Redwood County
    Southwest Minnesota

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80.94 acres


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N44 18.289, W95 27.058

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Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification

North Central Glaciated Plains


Minnesota River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Renville Till Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

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In 2008 this was a Nature Conservancy preserve.

Wet Prairie
During a wet spring the prairie may be flooded.








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Two bird species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:



Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)


Special concern

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa fedoa)


American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)

American Goldfinch
Insects and Arachnids

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


Special concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)


goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

northern corn rootworm beetle (Diabrotica barberi)

painted lady (Vanessa cardui)

painted lady


whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a



American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

hairy hedge nettle (Stachys pilosa var. pilosa)

heart-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana ssp. virginiana)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prickly sow thistle (Sonchus asper)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

rough cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

showy blue lettuce (Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata var. maculata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)


Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior (butterfly weed)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Cicuta maculata var. maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Dalea candida (white prairie clover)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Grindelia squarrosa (curly-cup gumweed)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Koeleria macrantha (June grass)

Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella (showy blue lettuce)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mirabilis nyctaginea (heart-leaved four o’clock)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Physostegia virginiana var. virginiana (obedient plant)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus asper (prickly sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Stachys pilosa var. pilosa (hairy hedge nettle)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Xanthium strumarium (rough cocklebur)

big bluestem

butterfly weed

common sneezeweed

cut-leaved coneflower


prairie ironweed

prairie rose

round-headed bush clover

spotted water hemlock

stiff goldenrod

wild licorice






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