Wambach WMA

               
 
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Area and County

Mahnomen County

 

 

 


Size

East Unit: 79 acres

West Unit: 1,209 acres

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East Unit

West Unit North Section

West Unit South Section

 
 
Parking

Gate
N47 23.882, W95 57.287

Parking Lots
N47 23.881, W95 56.569
N47 23.516, W95 56.383

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Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

Deer, small game, forest game birds, pheasants, and waterfowl. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

     

Ecological Classification

Province

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Red River Valley

Subsection(s)

Red River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Flom Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Aspen - (Prairie Herb) Woodland

Mesic Brush-Prairie (Northern)

Mesic Prairie (Northern)

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh

Northern Rich Fen (Water Track)

Northern Wet Prairie

Prairie Wetland Complex

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp


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Overview
Wambach Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 1,288-acre reserve in northwestern Minnesota. It consists of two units separated by Santee Prairie SNA. The large 1,209-acre West Unit is a mosaic of mesic prairie, shallow lakes, ponds, large areas of cattail marsh, and various wetlands. The 79-acre East Unit is mostly mesic prairie with some wet prairie and wetlands.

Deer, small game, forest game birds, pheasants, and waterfowl can be hunted here. Small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum), a species of special concern, is found here. A survey in 1994 found 12 Powesheik skipperling (Oarisma powesheik), a federally endangered butterfly, on this site. This small butterfly has not been seen in the last 10 years in Minnesota.

Parking
There is a gate near the intersection of Township Road 184 (170th St.) and Township Road 45 (150th Ave.) that blocks access to the DNR public road and the WMA parking lot. On two visits in August and September of 2011 the gate was locked. On a visit in August of 2013 the gate was unlocked. If the gate is locked, park on the south side of the DNR road near the gate, being careful to avoid blocking the gate.

Signage
There is no wood routed or other sign displaying the name of this Wildlife Management Area.


Visits

8/16/2011

8/24/2016

   

 

 

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Birds

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis tabida)

Bank Swallow


Insects and Arachnids

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

 

Endangered

Powesheik skipperling (Oarisma powesheik)

 
 

A survey in 1994 found 12 Powesheik skipperling on this site. However, that species has not been seen in Minnesota since a possible sighting in 2012. It is presumed extirpated in the state.

 
 

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

sword-bearing conehead (Neoconocephalus ensiger)

sword-bearing conehead


Mammals

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

 

Threatened

gray wolf (Canis lupus)

 

Special concern

moose (Alces americanus)


Plants

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

 

Special concern

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas (Bell Museum of Natural History) Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - (Prairie Herb) Woodland FDw34a

Mesic Brush-Prairie (Northern) UPn23a

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh MRn83

Northern Rich Fen (Water Track) OPn91

Northern Wet Prairie WPn53

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a

 
 

 

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

purple-stem aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum)

showy blue lettuce (Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

 

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella (showy blue lettuce)

Symphyotrichum laeve (smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum (purple-stem aster)

 


 

 

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