Margherita Preserve-Audubon Prairie

 

 

     
 
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479.63 acres

 
         
 

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N46 48.250, W96 23.267

 
         
 

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Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Red River Valley

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Red River Prairie

   
  Land Type Association    

Flom Till Plain

Barnesville Beach Complex

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Dry Hill Prairie (Northern)

Seepage Meadow/Carr

Wet Prairie (Northern)

   
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Amphibians

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
  northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)   northern leopard frog  
 

Birds

 
 

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

Special Concern

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

 
 

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis tabida)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

 

American Goldfinch

Gray Catbird

 
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Star Rosette Lichen (Physcia stellaris)

Sunburst Lichen (Xanthoria sp.)

  Artist’s Conk  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

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

Endangered

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)

 
 

ash bead gall mite (Aceria fraxini)

black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

common green darner (Anax junius)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

honeysuckle aphid (Hyadaphis tataricae)

meadow fritillary (Boloria bellona)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

sword-bearing conehead (Neoconocephalus ensiger)

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

 

Carolina grasshopper

common green darner

goldenrod soldier beetle

willow pinecone gall midge

 
 

Mammals

 
 

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

Special Concern

moose (Alces americanus)

 
 

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

white-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  plains pocket gopher  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Special Concern

northern singlespike sedge (Carex scirpoidea ssp. scirpoidea)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Hill Prairie (Northern) UPn12d

Seepage Meadow/Carr WMs83a1

Wet Prairie (Northern) WPn53c

     
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bog birch (Betula pumila)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bulbet-bearing water hemlock (Cicuta bulbifera)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common duckweed (Lemna minor)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common hop (Humulus lupulus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dark green bulrush (Scirpus atrovirens)

devil’s beggarticks (Bidens frondosa)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

fen grass of Parnassus (Parnassia glauca)

field dock (Rumex pseudonatronatus)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

four-flowered yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

fringed brome (Bromus ciliatus)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

great water dock (Rumex britannica)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)

hairy four o’clock (Mirabilis albida)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

leafy spurge (Euphorbia virgata)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

marsh bellflower (Campanula aparinoides)

mat muhly (Muhlenbergia richardsonis)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

meadow horsetail (Equisetum pratense)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

narrow-leaved willow herb (Epilobium leptophyllum)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

nodding bur marigold (Bidens cernua)

North American common reed (Phragmites australis ssp. americanus)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

orchard grass (Dactylis glomerata ssp. glomerata)

peachleaf willow (Salix amygdaloides)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie goldenrod (Solidago ptarmicoides)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

prickly sow thistle (Sonchus asper)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

pussy willow (Salix discolor)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

redtop (Agrostis gigantea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

Riddell’s goldenrod (Solidago riddellii)

rough bedstraw (Galium asprellum)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

showy blue lettuce (Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

Siberian peashrub (Caragana arborescens)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. pauciflorus)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

swamp thistle (Cirsium muticum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

toothed evening primrose (Oenothera serrulata)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white turtlehead (Chelone glabra)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woundwort (Stachys pilosa var. arenicola)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agrostis gigantea (redtop)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia frigida (prairie sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Betula pumila (bog birch)

Bidens cernua (nodding bur marigold)

Bidens frondosa (devil’s beggarticks)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bromus ciliatus (fringed brome)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Campanula aparinoides (marsh bellflower)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Caragana arborescens (Siberian peashrub)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Chelone glabra (white turtlehead)

Cicuta bulbifera (bulbet-bearing water hemlock)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium muticum (swamp thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dactylis glomerata ssp. glomerata (orchard grass)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Doellingeria umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Epilobium leptophyllum (narrow-leaved willow herb)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Equisetum pratense (meadow horsetail)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Euphorbia virgata (leafy spurge)

Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium asprellum (rough bedstraw)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. pauciflorus (stiff sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Heterotheca villosa (hairy false goldenaster)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Humulus lupulus (common hop)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella (showy blue lettuce)

Lemna minor (common duckweed)

Lepidium densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris ligulistylis (northern plains blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lysimachia quadriflora (four-flowered yellow loosestrife)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Mirabilis albida (hairy four o’clock)

Muhlenbergia richardsonis (mat muhly)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oenothera serrulata (toothed evening primrose)

Solidago riddellii (Riddell’s goldenrod)

Parnassia glauca (fen grass of Parnassus)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Phragmites australis ssp. americanus (North American common reed)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rumex britannica (great water dock)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Rumex pseudonatronatus (field dock)

Salix amygdaloides (peachleaf willow)

Salix discolor (pussy willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago ptarmicoides (prairie goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sonchus asper (prickly sow thistle)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys pilosa var. arenicola (woundwort)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum laeve (smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Symphyotrichum sericeum (silky aster)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

 

American plum

American red raspberry

bottle gentian

Canada anemone

Canadian milkvetch

Canadian tick-trefoil

common boneset

common evening primrose

common sneezeweed

dotted blazing star

Flodman’s thistle

foxtail barley

golden alexanders

harebell

leadplant

Maximilian’s sunflower

narrow-leaved purple coneflower

New England aster

plumeless thistle

prairie cordgrass

prairie fleabane (var. strigosus)

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

Russian olive

showy goldenrod (var. speciosa)

showy milkweed

silky aster

spotted Joe Pye weed

spotted touch-me-not

spreading dogbane

stiff sunflower (ssp. subrhomboideus)

swamp milkweed

swamp thistle

white turtlehead

whorled milkweed

wild mint

yellow marsh marigold

 

 

 

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