Whitetail Woods Regional Park

               
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Area and County

Dakota County

 

 

 


Size

456 acres

 
 
Maps

Summer Trail Map

Winter Trail Map

 
Park Entrance

N44 42.086, W93 5.263

 
Hiking Trails

Summer hiking: 10.25 miles total
Outer loop: 7.5 miles

Winter hiking/snowshoeing: 5.38 miles

Winter skiing: 6.3 miles

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

Oak Savanna

Land Type Association(s)

Coates Sand Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1 Dry Hill Prairie (Southern)

Ownership

 
Links

Dakota County Parks


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Overview
This site became Dakota County’s newest park when it opened on September 27, 2014. It is bordered on the east by the Vermillion Highlands Research Recreation and Wildlife Management Area, which is managed by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota DNR. It is bordered on the south by the Vermillion River Wildlife Management Area. There are 10.25 miles of summer hiking trails including a 0.17 mile boardwalk across a wetland. In the winter there are 5.38 miles of snowshoeing/hiking trails. There is no fee to use or park at Dakota County parks.


Visits

1/1/2015

10/20/2015

4/15/2016

 

6/24/2016

7/18/2016

10/5/2017

 

 

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  Whitetail Woods Regional Park, 2015
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  Whitetail Woods
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Published on Dec 7, 2014

Cabin 1 Walk through.

 
     
  Whitetail Woods Regional Park
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About

Published on Oct 19, 2014

This morning I had a chance to visit the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park in Dakota County Minnesota. The park is located 25 minutes south of Minneapolis off of Interstate 35.

The park is designed for the average family to enjoy a day in the park and to get closer to nature. With approximately 10 miles of easy wide dirt paths, they are very well signed, making it almost impossible to get lost. There are two trailheads, first is just past the entrance and the second is in the center of the park next to the lake.

The park is very dog and kid friendly. There's a nearby dog park affiliated to the main park, but 50 percent of the visitors meandered with a four-legged friend. As for the children, there is a play area called Fawn Crossing, providing kids a safe place to play. Fawn Crossing has several teepees, water pumps, a sledding hill and sandboxes.

For the adventurous camper, the bad news is there are no campsites. However, there are a few beautiful camper cabins that are tucked away in a wonderful pine forest. Make sure you plan ahead, reservations go very quick.

Overall it is a great park for day hikes, trail running and for the family.

 
     
  Whitetail Woods Camper Cabin Virtual Tour
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Published on Oct 22, 2014

A dense stand of pines surround three year-round primitive camper cabins that offer an overnight experience free of modern intrusions — no television, video games or radio — just peace and quiet among the rustling pines. These cabins are perched above the ground with an accessible entry. Up to six people can stay in each cabin.

Phone: 952-891-7000

Reservations for the camper cabin are available beginning Dec. 1 via phone.

Website
http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks/parksTrails/WhitetailWoods/Pages/whitetail-woods-camper-cabins.aspx

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Published on Aug 20, 2016

Whitetail Woods Regional Park is a relatively new park located in Dakota County near Farmington, Minnesota.

 
     
  The Beautiful Whitetail Woods
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Published on May 27, 2016

If been dreaming of a video like this for a few years. This video contains footage from over 3 seasons, 2013-2015. These are just a few of the amazing things I've experienced while in the deer woods.

Music: Mountains will collide - Derek Clegg

 
     

 

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Plants

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

white doll’s daisy (Boltonia asteroides var. recognita)

New England aster


Robert Briggs


Plants

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

common yarrow


 

 

MinnesotaSeasons.com Observations

   

Amphibians

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

green frog (Rana clamitans)

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

green frog


Birds

One tracked bird species has been seen here:

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

American Goldfinch

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Canada Goose

Dark-eyed Junco

Gray Catbird

Mallard

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

White-breasted Nuthatch

Wild Turkey


Fungi and Lichens

American Hawthorn Rust (Gymnosporangium globosum)

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Hammered Shield Lichen (Parmelia sulcata)

Phyllosticta Leaf Spot (Mycosphoerello fraxinicola)

American Hawthorn Rust


Insects and Arachnids

blue dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

clouded sulphur (Colias philodice)

common whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

deer fly (Chrysops spp.)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata)

eastern pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

false milkweed bug (Lygaeus turcicus)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina)

Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica)

leaf miner fly (Liriomyza eupatoriella)

little yellow (Pyrisitia lisa lisa)

meadow fritillary (Boloria bellona)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

northern paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

painted lady (Vanessa cardui)

pink-edged sulphur (Colias interior)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

spotted lady beetle (Coleomegilla maculata)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

two-spotted bumble bee (Bombus bimaculatus)

two-striped grasshopper (Melanoplus bivittatus)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

western honey bee (Apis mellifera)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

blue dasher

Carolina grasshopper

clouded sulphur

eastern pondhawk

Japanese beetle

mourning cloak

spotted lady beetle

viceroy

widow skimmer


Mammals

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American red squirrel


Mollusks

Chinese mystery snail (Bellamya chinensis)

 


Plants

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

 

Endangered

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

 

Special concern

white wild indigo (Baptisia lactea var. lactea)

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern) UPs13d

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

Allegheny blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American burnweed (Erechtites hieraciifolius var. hieraciifolius)

American elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American germander (Teucrium canadense)

American highbush cranberry (Viburnum opulus var. americanum)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American lopseed (Phryma leptostachya)

American mannagrass (Glyceria grandis)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

Amur corktree (Phellodendron amurense)

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

barnyard grass (Echinochloa crus-galli)

Bebb’s willow (Salix bebbiana)

Bell’s honeysuckle (Lonicera × bella)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

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

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue beech (Carpinus caroliniana ssp. virginiana)

blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

blue skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora var. lateriflora)

blue spruce (Picea pungens)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata var. hastata)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata var. scabra)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bracted spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata)

bracted vervain (Verbena bracteata)

broad-leaved arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea lutetiana ssp. canadensis)

brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba var. triloba) *

bulbet-bearing water hemlock (Cicuta bulbifera)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior)

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

Canada lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian clearweed (Pilea pumila)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

cereal rye (Secale cereale)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

clustered black snakeroot (Sanicula odorata)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common duckweed (Lemna minor)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

coon’s tail (Ceratophyllum demersum)

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis)

dark green bulrush (Scirpus atrovirens)

decurrent false aster (Boltonia decurrens)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. pubescens)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern black nightshade (Solanum ptychanthum)

eastern purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

fringed brome (Bromus ciliatus)

giant foxtail (Setaria faberi)

giant green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. major)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

great St. Johnswort (Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum)

greater duckweed (Spirodela polyrrhiza)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy cupgrass (Eriochloa villosa)

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris var. vulgaris)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hedge mustard (Sisymbrium officinale)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

hybrid cattail (Typha × glauca)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

jack pine (Pinus banksiana)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Japanese hedge parsley (Torilis japonica)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

large-leaved avens (Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum)

large-thorned hawthorn (Crataegus macracantha)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

lesser clearweed (Pilea fontana)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata)

long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

long-leaved bluet (Houstonia longifolia)

marsh vetchling (Lathyrus palustris)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

mat muhly (Muhlenbergia richardsonis)

Michigan lily (Lilium michiganense)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard (Crepis tectorum)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus)

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

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern water-milfoil (Myriophyllum sibiricum)

Norway spruce (Picea abies)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

peachleaf willow (Salix amygdaloides)

Pennsylvania buttercup (Ranunculus pensylvanicus)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie crabapple (Malus ioensis)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

prickly sow thistle (Sonchus asper)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

pussy willow (Salix discolor)

quackgrass (Elymus repens)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota ssp. carota)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

river birch (Betula nigra)

rough bedstraw (Galium asprellum)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

rough false pennyroyal (Hedeoma hispida)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

sawtooth sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus)

Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

showy blue lettuce (Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella)

showy partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata var. fasciculata)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

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

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

soft-stem bulrush (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani)

spinulose wood fern (Dryopteris carthusiana)

spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

starry campion (Silene stellata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. pauciflorus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp loosestrife (Decodon verticillatus)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

sweet Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall coreopsis (Coreopsis tripteris)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

tall white beard-tongue (Penstemon digitalis)

threepetal bedstraw (Galium trifidum ssp. trifidum)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

turion duckweed (Lemna turionifera)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

velvet-leaf (Abutilon theophrasti)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

Virginia wildrye (Elymus virginicus)

water celery (Vallisneria Americana)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

watermeal (Wolffia sp.)

weeping willow (Salix × sepulcralis)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

wheat (Triticum aestivum)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white doll’s daisy (Boltonia asteroides var. recognita)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white oak (Quercus alba)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white vervain (Verbena urticifolia)

white wild indigo (Baptisia lactea var. lactea)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)

winter vetch (Vicia villosa ssp. villosa)

witch grass (Panicum capillare)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

wool grass (Scirpus cyperinus)

woundwort (Stachys pilosa var. arenicola)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Abutilon theophrasti (velvet-leaf)

Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Agastache foeniculum (blue giant hyssop)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior (butterfly weed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

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

Baptisia lactea var. lactea (white wild indigo)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Betula nigra (river birch)

Boltonia asteroides var. recognita (white doll’s daisy)

Boltonia decurrens (decurrent false aster)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bromus ciliatus (fringed brome)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Carpinus caroliniana ssp. virginiana (blue beech)

Celastrus scandens (American bittersweet)

Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos (spotted knapweed)

Ceratophyllum demersum (coon’s tail)

Chamaecrista fasciculata var. fasciculata (showy partridge pea)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Cicuta bulbifera (bulbet-bearing water hemlock)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Circaea lutetiana ssp. canadensis (broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Coreopsis tripteris (tall coreopsis)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Crataegus macracantha (large-thorned hawthorn)

Crepis tectorum (narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Daucus carota ssp. carota (Queen Anne’s lace)

Decodon verticillatus (swamp loosestrife)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Dioscorea villosa (wild yam)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Dryopteris carthusiana (spinulose wood fern)

Echinacea purpurea (eastern purple coneflower)

Echinochloa crus-galli (barnyard grass)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Elymus repens (quackgrass)

Elymus virginicus (Virginia wildrye)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Erechtites hieraciifolius var. hieraciifolius (American burnweed)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eriochloa villosa (hairy cupgrass)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Euphorbia corollata (flowering spurge)

Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Eutrochium purpureum (sweet Joe Pye weed)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium asprellum (rough bedstraw)

Galium trifidum ssp. trifidum (threepetal bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum (large-leaved avens)

Glyceria grandis (American mannagrass)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Hedeoma hispida (rough false pennyroyal)

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Helianthus grosseserratus (sawtooth sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. pauciflorus (stiff sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Hesperis matronalis (dame’s rocket)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Houstonia longifolia (long-leaved bluet)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum (great St. Johnswort)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Juglans cinerea (butternut)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lactuca canadensis (Canada lettuce)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella (showy blue lettuce)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lathyrus palustris (marsh vetchling)

Lemna minor (common duckweed)

Lemna turionifera (turion duckweed)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lilium michiganense (Michigan lily)

Lonicera × bella (Bell’s honeysuckle)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

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

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus (northern bugleweed)

Malus ioensis (prairie crabapple)

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Muhlenbergia richardsonis (mat muhly)

Myriophyllum sibiricum (northern water-milfoil)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

(Panicum capillare) (witch grass)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Penstemon digitalis (tall white beard-tongue)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phellodendron amurense (Amur corktree)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phryma leptostachya (American lopseed)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Picea abies (Norway spruce)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea pungens (blue spruce)

Pilea fontana (lesser clearweed)

Pilea pumila (Canadian clearweed)

Pinus banksiana (jack pine)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Pinus sylvestris (Scotch pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

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

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)

Prunella vulgaris var. vulgaris (heal-all)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus pensylvanicus (Pennsylvania buttercup)

Ratibida columnifera (long-headed coneflower)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus allegheniensis (Allegheny blackberry)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rudbeckia triloba var. triloba (brown-eyed Susan) *

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sagittaria latifolia (broad-leaved arrowhead)

Salix × sepulcralis (weeping willow)

Salix amygdaloides (peachleaf willow)

Salix bebbiana (Bebb’s willow)

Salix discolor (pussy willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis (American elderberry)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Sanicula odorata (clustered black snakeroot)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani (soft-stem bulrush)

Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Scirpus cyperinus (wool grass)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Scutellaria lateriflora var. lateriflora (blue skullcap)

Secale cereale (cereal rye)

Securigera varia (crown vetch)

Setaria faberi (giant foxtail)

Setaria viridis var. major (giant green foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Silene stellata (starry campion)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Sisymbrium officinale (hedge mustard)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Solanum ptychanthum (eastern black nightshade)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus asper (prickly sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spirodela polyrrhiza (greater duckweed)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys pilosa var. arenicola (woundwort)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense (American germander)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Thlaspi arvense (field pennycress)

Tilia cordata (littleleaf linden)

Torilis japonica (Japanese hedge parsley)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tradescantia bracteata (bracted spiderwort)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Triticum aestivum (wheat)

Typha × glauca (hybrid cattail)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

(Vallisneria Americana) (water celery)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena bracteata (bracted vervain)

Verbena hastata var. hastata (blue vervain)

Verbena hastata var. scabra (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)

Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American highbush cranberry)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Vicia villosa ssp. villosa (winter vetch)

Viola pubescens var. pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Wolffia sp. (watermeal)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

alfalfa

Allegheny blackberry

American black currant

American germander

American highbush cranberry

American plum

annual fleabane

bird’s-foot trefoil

black cherry

black-eyed susan

bloodroot

blue vervain

bracted spiderwort

broad-leaved arrowhead

butterfly weed

Canadian honewort

Canadian milkvetch

catnip

chokecherry

common blue violet

common boneset

common evening primrose

common mullein

crown vetch

dame’s rocket

downy yellow violet

eastern purple coneflower

false sunflower

flowering spurge

giant green foxtail

grass-leaved goldenrod

gray-headed coneflower

hedge bindweed

hoary vervain

leadplant

long-headed coneflower

Michigan lily

Missouri gooseberry

Morrow’s honeysuckle

nannyberry

New England aster

northern prickly ash

oxeye daisy

plumeless thistle

prairie blazing star

prairie crabapple

prairie onion

purple prairie clover

Queen Anne’s lace

red elderberry

rough cinquefoil

rough-fruited cinquefoil

Scotch pine

showy partridge pea

spotted knapweed

spotted touch-me-not

starry campion

stiff sunflower (ssp. subrhomboideus)

swamp milkweed

tall meadow rue

Virginia waterleaf

swamp smartweed

western poison ivy

white campion

white prairie clover

white snakeroot

white wild indigo

whorled milkweed

wild columbine

wild geranium

wild leek

yellow sweet clover

 

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* Questionable. Needs to be verified

 


Reptiles

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

 

Threatened

Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

 
Reptiles

Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

Blanding’s turtle


 

 

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