Wild Indigo Prairie SNA

               
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Area and County

Mower County

 

 

 


Size

150 acres

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Parking

East (Front Street)
N43 43.254, W92 42.564

Center (610th Ave.)
N43 44.062, W92 49.762

West (570th Ave.)
N43 43.565, W92 54.564

 
Hiking Trails

Since 2011 MN DNR Parks and Trails has maintained a mowed trail the length of this SNA.

 
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)

Hayfield Till Plain

Le Roy Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1 Mesic Prairie (Southern)

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Comments

This SNA is follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way for 12 miles.


Visits

10/28/2008

8/25/2010

   

 

 

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Birds

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

American Goldfinch

Wild Turkey


Insects and Arachnids

black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma americanum)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

large milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis f. succinea)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

pelecinid wasp (Pelecinus polyturator)

red saddlebags (Tramea onusta)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

eastern tent caterpillar

eastern tiger swallowtail

monarch

orange sulphur


Mammals

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Plants

Nine plant species with conservation status in Minnesota and three tracked species are found here:

 

Endangered

wild quinine (Parthenium integrifolium)

 

Threatened

edible valerian (Valeriana edulis var. ciliata)

prairie milkweed (Asclepias hirtella)

Sullivant’s milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)

tuberous Indian plantain (Arnoglossum plantagineum)

 

Special concern

plains wild indigo (Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

white wild indigo (Baptisia lactea var. lactea)

wild sweet William (Phlox maculata ssp. maculata)

 

Watch list

hair-like sedge (Carex capillaris)

rough avens (Geum laciniatum)

stiff cowbane (Oxypolis rigidior)

 
 

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

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

 
 

 

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

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

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

compass plant (Silphium laciniatum)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

dyc (Flava composita var. damnatus)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

giant foxtail (Setaria faberi)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy four o’clock (Mirabilis albida)

hairy sunflower (Helianthus hirsutus)

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

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

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

rock elm (Ulmus thomasii)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

sawtooth sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

starry campion (Silene stellata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

tall blue lettuce (Lactuca biennis)

Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

tower mustard (Turritis glabra)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wild quinine (Parthenium integrifolium)

winged loosestrife (Lythrum alatum var. alatum)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amphicarpaea bracteata (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

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

Bouteloua gracilis (blue grama)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

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

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium (rattlesnake master)

Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Flava composita var. damnatus (dyc)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Helianthus grosseserratus (sawtooth sunflower)

Helianthus hirsutus (hairy sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Hypericum perforatum (common St. Johnswort)

Koeleria macrantha (June grass)

Lactuca biennis (tall blue lettuce)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lonicera tatarica (Tartarian honeysuckle)

Lythrum alatum var. alatum (winged loosestrife)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Mirabilis albida (hairy four o’clock)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Parthenium integrifolium (wild quinine)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunella vulgaris (heal-all)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis (American elderberry)

Saponaria officinalis (bouncing bet)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Setaria faberi (giant foxtail)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Silene stellata (starry campion)

Silphium laciniatum (compass plant)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Turritis glabra (tower mustard)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus thomasii (rock elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American elderberry

American plum

black raspberry

blue grama

bottle gentian

Canadian tick-trefoil

chokecherry

common evening primrose

common St. Johnswort

compass plant

cut-leaved coneflower

giant ragweed

gray-headed coneflower

heal-all

New England aster

northern bedstraw

prairie cordgrass

rattlesnake master

rough blazing star

sawtooth sunflower

staghorn sumac

Tartarian honeysuckle

American elderberry

western poison ivy

wild cucumber

wild parsnip

winged loosestrife


 

 

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