Blanket Flower Prairie SNA

               
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Area and County

Clay County

 

 

 


Size

564 acres

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Parking

N46 41.314, W96 12.967

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

No hunting

 

 

 

 


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota and NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

Hardwood Hills

Land Type Association(s)

Cormorant Sand Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Dry Sand-Gravel Prairie (Southern)


Ownership

 
Links

Minnesota DNR


Comments

Recent Acquisition
In 2011 the Minnesota DNR acquired 160 acres in four separate parcels in Tansem Township increasing the size of this SNA from 404 to 564 acres.


Visits

8/16/2010

   

 

 

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Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

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Keith Myrom
8/14/2014

Hiked the SNA on the 17th and located two Hill's Thistle plants in bloom and a Spilosoma virginica, Yellow Bear Caterpillar of the Virginia Tiger Moth

 

 

 

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Amphibians

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

northern leopard frog

Birds

Four bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:

 

Endangered

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

American Goldfinch

Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Black Knot

Insects and Arachnids

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

 

Special concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

 
 

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

clouded sulphur (Colias philodice)

common green darner (Anax junius)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala nephala)

dog day cicada (Tibicen canicularis)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

great black wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

seven-spotted lady beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)

common green darner

monarch

orange sulphur

 

 

 

 


Mammals

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

Plants

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

 

Special concern

blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata)

Hill’s thistle (Cirsium pumilum var. hillii)

spikeoat (Avenula hookeri)

 
 

University of Minnesota Herbarium Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Sand-Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

 
 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada hawkweed (Hieracium kalmii)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

chicory (Cichorium intybus)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

downy gentian (Gentiana puberulenta)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

fireberry hawthorn (Crataegus chrysocarpa)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis)

hairy false golden aster (Heterotheca villosa)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

Hill’s thistle (Cirsium pumilum var. hillii)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

toothed evening primrose (Oenothera serrulata)

violet wood sorrel (Oxalis violacea)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

American vetch

blue grama

chicory

chokecherry

common evening primrose

downy gentian

fringed loosestrife

hairy false golden aster

heart-leaved golden alexanders

Hill’s thistle

narrow-leaved purple coneflower

northern bedstraw

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

rough-fruited cinquefoil

silky aster

stiff goldenrod

tall cinquefoil

toothed evening primrose

violet wood sorrel

white prairie clover

whorled milkweed

wild bergamot

yellow wood sorrel

 

 


 

 

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