Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR

Rengstorf Unit

 
     
 
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Size

 
 

245 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

Park on the south shoulder of 520th St.

N46 43.076, W96 7.346

 
         
 

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          Otter Tail County  
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Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

All huinting. 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 Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Hardwood Hills

   
  Land Type Association    

Cormorant Sand Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Cattail Marsh (Northern)

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland

 

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

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Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

 
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Amphibians

 
 

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

green frog (Rana clamitans)

mink frog (Rana septentrionalis)

  mink frog  
 

Birds

 
 

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis tabida)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

 

Blue Jay

Gray Catbird

Mourning Dove

 
 

Centipedes and Millipedes

 
  flat-backed millipede (Order Polydesmida)   flat-backed millipede (Order Polydesmida)  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

blister beetle (Nemognatha spp.)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

deer fly (Chrysops spp.)

eastern tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma americanum)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus)

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

 

blister beetle (Nemognatha sp.)

eastern tent caterpillar

willow pinecone gall midge

 
 

Mammals

 
 

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

  plains pocket gopher  
 

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)

prairie moonwort (Botrychium campestre)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland FDs37b

Cattail Marsh (Northern) MRn83b

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

     
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

agrimony (Agrimonia spp.)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

bastard toadflax (Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata)

bearded wheatgrass (Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata)

blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

bluejoint (Calamagrostis canadensis)

bristly buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus var. caricetorum)

broad-leaved arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea canadensis)

bulbet-bearing water hemlock (Cicuta bulbifera)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada bluegrass (Poa compressa)

Canada lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common bur-reed (Sparganium eurycarpum)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

falsegold groundsel (Packera pseudaurea var. semicordata)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

greater duckweed (Spirodela polyrrhiza)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. viridis)

grooved yellow flax (Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

hawthorn (Crataegus spp.)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

hedge nettle (Stachys spp.)

Hill’s thistle (Cirsium pumilum var. hillii)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

leafy spurge (Euphorbia virgata)

Leiberg’s panic grass (Dichanthelium leibergii)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis linearis)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

needle-and-thread (Hesperostipa comata ssp. comata)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

Parlin’s pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax)

Pennsylvania cinquefoil (Potentilla pensylvanica)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. triflorum)

prairie turnip (Pediomelum esculentum)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

pussy willow (Salix discolor)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rabbit’s foot clover (Trifolium arvense)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Seneca snakeroot (Polygala senega)

serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

slender beardtongue (Penstemon gracilis var. gracilis)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

swamp thistle (Cirsium muticum)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall tumble mustard (Sisymbrium altissimum)

Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

toothed evening primrose (Oenothera serrulata)

tussock sedge (Carex stricta)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. 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)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Agastache foeniculum (blue giant hyssop)

Agrimonia spp. (agrimony)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amelanchier spp. (serviceberry)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax (Parlin’s pussytoes)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia frigida (prairie sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass)

Calamagrostis canadensis (bluejoint)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Carex stricta (tussock sedge)

Cicuta bulbifera (bulbet-bearing water hemlock)

Circaea canadensis (broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium muticum (swamp thistle)

Cirsium pumilum var. hillii (Hill’s thistle)

Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata (bastard toadflax)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Crataegus spp. (hawthorn)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Dichanthelium leibergii (Leiberg’s panic grass)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus (bearded wheatgrass)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Euphorbia virgata (leafy spurge)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Gaillardia aristata (blanket flower)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Geum triflorum var. triflorum (prairie smoke)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra (smooth oxeye)

Hesperostipa comata ssp. comata (needle-and-thread)

Heterotheca villosa (hairy false goldenaster)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Koeleria macrantha (June grass)

Lactuca canadensis (Canada lettuce)

Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum (grooved yellow flax)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lobelia spicata (palespike lobelia)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian honeysuckle)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mirabilis linearis (narrow-leaved four o’clock)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oenothera serrulata (toothed evening primrose)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Packera pseudaurea var. semicordata (falsegold groundsel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pediomelum esculentum (prairie turnip)

Penstemon gracilis var. gracilis (slender beardtongue)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Pinus sylvestris (Scotch pine)

Poa compressa (Canada bluegrass)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Polygala senega (Seneca snakeroot)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Potentilla pensylvanica (Pennsylvania cinquefoil)

Potentilla recta (sulphur cinquefoil)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Ranunculus hispidus var. caricetorum (bristly buttercup)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sagittaria latifolia (broad-leaved arrowhead)

Salix discolor (pussy willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Securigera varia (crown vetch)

Setaria viridis var. viridis (green foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Sisymbrium altissimum (tall tumble mustard)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Sparganium eurycarpum (common bur-reed)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Spirodela polyrrhiza (greater duckweed)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys spp. (hedge nettle)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve (smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum sericeum (silky aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium arvense (rabbit’s foot clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

 

alfalfa

American hazel

American plum

American vetch

bastard toadflax (ssp. umbellata)

black cherry

broad-leaved arrowhead

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade

Canada anemone

Canadian milkvetch

chokecherry

common blue violet

common milkweed

common yarrow

crown vetch

Flodman’s thistle

hairy false goldenaster

harebell

hedge bindweed

Hill’s thistle

hoary puccoon

leadplant

leafy spurge

palespike lobelia (var. spicata)

prairie fleabane (var. strigosus)

prairie onion

prairie rose

prairie smoke

purple prairie clover

rough cinquefoil

sulphur cinquefoil

silky aster

spotted touch-me-not

tall cinquefoil

Tatarian honeysuckle

toothed evening primrose

swamp smartweed

whorled milkweed

wild bergamot

 

 

 

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