Ordway Prairie

 

 

     
 
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South Section

 
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Size

 
 

656 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

Roadside Park
There is a roadside park on the east side of MN Hwy 104 near the northwest corner of the preserve. The parking lot has room for several cars.
N45 26.710, W95 15.240

Field Access
There are two field accesses on the east side of MN Hwy 104 at the west boundary of the preserve. Park on a field access.
N45 26.415, W95 15.298
N45 26.160, W95 15.296

 
         
 

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          Pope County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

North Central Glaciated Plains

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Minnesota River Prairie

   
  Land Type Association    

Gilchrist Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

Meadow - Marsh - Fen-Swamp Complex

Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland

Prairie Extremely Rich Fen

Rich Fen (Mineral Soil)

Sedge Meadow

Seepage Meadow/Carr

   
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  Postcards: My Ocean
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About

Published on Mar 2, 2017

"My Ocean" is an artistic performance staged on the Ordway Prairie by Sunburg, MN. See what it was like for artists Bethany Lacktorin, James Everest, and Jais Gossman to put this performance together.

For more information about Postcards visit: http://www.pioneer.org/postcards.html

   

 

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8/3/2011                
 
 

Amphibians

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
 

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

  American toad  
 

Birds

 
 

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

Endangered

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

 
 

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

 

American Goldfinch

Mourning Dove

 
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

 
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

Two insect and arachnid species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)

Special Concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
 

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

band-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum)

black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

common green darner (Anax junius)

common whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

variegated fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

 

common green darner

Halloween pennant

monarch

twelve-spotted skimmer

widow skimmer

 
 

Mammals

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

 
 

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  whitetail deer  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Threatened

hair-like beak-rush (Rhynchospora capillacea)

sterile sedge (Carex sterilis)

whorled nut-rush (Scleria verticillata)

Special Concern

Hill’s thistle (Cirsium pumilum var. hillii)

prairie moonwort (Botrychium campestre)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland FDs37b

Prairie Extremely Rich Fen OPp93

Rich Fen (Mineral Soil) OPp91a

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Seepage Meadow/Carr WMs83a1

     
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American stickseed (Hackelia deflexa var. americana)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

Balkan catchfly (Silene csereii)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

blue spruce (Picea pungens)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly foxtail (Setaria verticillata)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea canadensis)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

cylindric blazing star (Liatris cylindracea)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

fringed brome (Bromus ciliatus)

giant foxtail (Setaria faberi)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

grooved yellow flax (Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)

hairy grama (Bouteloua hirsuta var. hirsuta)

hairy gumweed (Grindelia hirsutula)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indian tobacco (Lobelia inflata)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

mint-leaved bergamot (Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia)

Missouri goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie goldenrod (Solidago ptarmicoides)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

prickly sow thistle (Sonchus asper)

purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

roadside agrimony (Agrimonia striata)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)

rough false pennyroyal (Hedeoma hispida)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

smooth oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

Virginia groundcherry (Physalis virginiana var. virginiana)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white vervain (Verbena urticifolia)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wild oat (Avena fatua)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agrimonia striata (roadside agrimony)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia frigida (prairie sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Avena fatua (wild oat)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bouteloua hirsuta var. hirsuta (hairy grama)

Bromus ciliatus (fringed brome)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos (spotted knapweed)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Circaea canadensis (broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Eutrochium maculatum var. maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Grindelia hirsutula (hairy gumweed)

Grindelia squarrosa (curly-cup gumweed)

Hackelia deflexa var. americana (American stickseed)

Hedeoma hispida (rough false pennyroyal)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra (smooth oxeye)

Heterotheca villosa var. villosa (hairy false goldenaster)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Liatris aspera var. intermedia (rough blazing star)

Liatris cylindracea (cylindric blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum (grooved yellow flax)

Lithospermum occidentale (western marbleseed)

Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco)

Lobelia spicata var. spicata f. campanulata (palespike lobelia)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia (mint-leaved bergamot)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Physalis virginiana var. virginiana (Virginia groundcherry)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea pungens (blue spruce)

Pinus sylvestris (Scotch pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix eriocephala (heart-leaved willow)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Setaria faberi (giant foxtail)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Setaria verticillata (bristly foxtail)

Sicyos angulatus (bur cucumber)

Silene csereii (Balkan catchfly)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solidago missouriensis (Missouri goldenrod)

Solidago ptarmicoides (prairie goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa ssp. speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sonchus asper (prickly sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata var. scabra (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Xanthium strumarium (rough cocklebur)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

 

alsike clover

American plum

American vetch (var. americana)

black-eyed Susan

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

catnip

common boneset

common evening primrose

common mullein

common yarrow

curly-cup gumweed

downy phlox

field thistle

giant foxtail

hairy false goldenaster

heart-leaved golden alexanders

hoary vervain

leadplant

Maximilian’s sunflower

narrow-leaved purple coneflower

palespike lobelia (var. spicata)

prairie coreopsis

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple loosestrife

purple prairie clover

rough false pennyroyal

round-headed bush clover

smooth sumac

spotted touch-me-not

stiff sunflower (ssp. subrhomboideus)

tall cinquefoil

Virginia mountain mint

whorled milkweed

yellow goat’s beard

 

 
 

Reptiles

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
         

 

 

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