Edward Velishek Memorial WMA

 
     
 
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Ownership

 
 

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History

 
 

 

 
     
 

Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

 

 
         
 

Printable Map(s) with GPS coordinates

 
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Size

 
 

80.38 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

There is a parking lot with a natural/grass surface on the west side of Le Sueur Ave.

N44 21.045, W93 31.491

 
         
 

Driving Directions

  Area and County  
 

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          Le Sueur and Rice Counties  
          Southwest and Southeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

There is a 0.42-mile DNR Management Road leading from Le Sueur Ave. at the southeast corner of the WMA to the restored/planted tall grass prairie at the northwest corner.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

Deer, Small Game, Pheasants, Waterfowl, Turkey. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Big Woods

   
  Land Type Association    

Cordova Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Not mapped (10/22/2021)

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

Natural Features

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

360° view

A treeless hilltop near the south boundary offers a spectacular 360° view of the entire WMA and surrounding area. The gps coordinates of this hilltop are N44 20.922, W93 31.869.

 

 

 

 

 

Restored Savannas

There is a restored oak savanna on the northern half at the middle of the WMA, and an ongoing savanna restoration at the northwest corner.

           
 
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WMA Sign

 
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Pond and seasonally flooded/saturated emergent wetland

 
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Grassland with sparse deciduous trees

 
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Restored oak savanna

 
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Ongoing oak savanna restoration

 
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DNR Management Road

 
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5/12/2020                
 

The eastern boundary of Edward Velishek Memorial WMA abuts and partially straddles the Le Sueur/Rice County line. A narrow strip on the roadside, 6 feet wide at its widest point, arcs into Rice County. The remainder of the WMA is in Le Sueur County. All of the sightings below were in Le Sueur County.

 

Amphibians

 
 

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

  boreal chorus frog  
 

Birds

 
 

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis tabida)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

swan (Cygnus spp.)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

 

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Brown Thrasher

Northern Cardinal

Tree Swallow

Wood Duck

 
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
  Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)   Black Knot  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

oak rough bulletgall wasp (Disholcaspis quercusmamma)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

spring azure (Celastrina ladon)

  oak rough bulletgall wasp  
 

Mammals

 
 

American beaver (Castor canadensis)

eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  eastern cottontail  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Special Concern

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

 

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American plum (Prunus americana)

Bell’s honeysuckle (Lonicera × bella)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

cattail (Typha spp.)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common duckweed (Lemna minor)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. pubescens)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern star sedge (Carex radiata)

eastern woodland sedge (Carex blanda)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

great St. Johnswort (Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

late horse gentian (Triosteum perfoliatum)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

paradise apple (Malus pumila)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rattlesnake fern (Botrypus virginianus)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

switch grass (Panicum virgatum var. virgatum)

trillium (Trillium spp.)

trout lily (Erythronium spp.)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Barbarea vulgaris (winter cress)

Botrypus virginianus (rattlesnake fern)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Carex blanda (eastern woodland sedge)

Carex radiata (eastern star sedge)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium (rattlesnake master)

Erythronium spp. (trout lily)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum (great St. Johnswort)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lemna minor (common duckweed)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lonicera × bella (Bell’s honeysuckle)

Malus pumila (paradise apple)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Panicum virgatum var. virgatum (switch grass)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii (wild blue phlox)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Trillium spp. (trillium)

Triosteum perfoliatum (late horse gentian)

Typha spp. (cattail)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viola pubescens var. pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

 

American black currant

Bell’s honeysuckle

black raspberry

bloodroot

common blue violet

common milkweed

common strawberry

common yarrow

downy yellow violet (var. pubescens)

gray-headed coneflower

ground ivy

Missouri gooseberry

paradise apple

rattlesnake master

stiff goldenrod

Virginia creeper

wild blue phlox

wild geranium

wild leek

winter cress

 
 

Reptiles

 
  common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)   common garter snake  

 

 

Binoculars


Created: 3/8/2020

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