Pankratz Memorial Prairie

North Unit

 

 

     
 
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Pankratz Memorial Prairie, South Unit

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Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

 

 
     
 

Management

 
 

In 2009 The Nature Conservancy removed quaking aspen and leafy spurge from this site.

 
     
 

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North Unit

 
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Size

 
 

468 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

N47 44.310, W96 27.560

 
         
 

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          Polk County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
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Hiking Trails

 
 

 

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Tallgrass Aspen Parklands

   
  Ecological Section    

Lake Agassiz, Aspen Parklands

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Aspen Parklands

   
  Land Type Association    

Beach Ridges

Gentilly Lake Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Agassiz Interbeach Prairie Complex

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Northern)

Mesic Prairie (Northern)

Northwestern Wet-Mesic Aspen Woodland

Seepage Meadow/Carr

Wet Brush-Prairie (Northern)

Wet Prairie (Northern)

Wet Saline Prairie (Northern)

Wet Seepage Prairie (Northern)

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

Natural Features

     
 

 

 

 

 

Waterproof footwear recommended

More than half of each unit is wet prairie, seepage meadow, or fen. Waterproof footwear is recommended.

 

 

 

 

           
 
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Visits

8/24/2009

  8/18/2017            
 
 

Birds

 
 

Eight bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen on at least one of the units of this preserve:

Threatened

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

Special Concern

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammospiza nelsoni)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)

 
 

Pine to Prairie Birding Trail

eBird Field Checklist (Complete)

eBird Field Checklist (North Unit)

 
 

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

  Cedar Waxwing  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

One insect and arachnid species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen on at least one of the units of this preserve:

Endangered

Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
 

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

  red-spotted purple  
 

Mammals

 
 

One mammal species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen on at least one of the units of this preserve:

Special Concern

moose (Alces americanus)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

 
  meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus)      
 

Plants

 
 

Seven plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found on at least one of the units of this preserve:

Threatened

hair-like beak-rush (Rhynchospora capillacea)

Special Concern

blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata)

deer sedge (Carex hallii)

northern singlespike sedge (Carex scirpoidea ssp. scirpoidea)

pleated gentian (Gentiana affinis)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

spikeoat (Avenula hookeri)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Northern) UPn12b

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

Northwestern Wet-Mesic Aspen Woodland FDw44

Seepage Meadow/Carr WMs83a

Wet Brush-Prairie (Northern) WPn53b

Wet Prairie (Northern) WPn53c

Wet Saline Prairie (Northern) WPn53d

Wet Seepage Prairie (Northern) WPn53a

     
 

 

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

arctic brome (Bromus kalmii)

bearded wheatgrass (Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

fen grass of Parnassus (Parnassia glauca)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Kalm’s lobelia (Lobelia kalmii)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

lesser fringed gentian (Gentianopsis virgata ssp. virgata)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

mountain death camas (Anticlea elegans)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus)

peachleaf willow (Salix amygdaloides)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie goldenrod (Solidago ptarmicoides)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

sawtooth sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus)

scarlet Indian paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea f. lutescens)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

silverberry (Elaeagnus commutata)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata var. maculata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

thyme-leaved sandmat (Euphorbia serpyllifolia)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

western germander (Teucrium canadense var. occidentale)

western ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. corymbosa)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

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)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anticlea elegans (mountain death camas)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Bromus kalmii (arctic brome)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Castilleja coccinea f. lutescens (scarlet Indian paintbrush)

Cicuta maculata var. maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Elaeagnus commutata (silverberry)

Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus (bearded wheatgrass)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

(Euphorbia serpyllifolia) (thyme-leaved sandmat)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Gentianopsis virgata ssp. virgata (lesser fringed gentian)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Grindelia squarrosa (curly-cup gumweed)

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Helianthus grosseserratus (sawtooth sunflower)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Lepidium densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lobelia kalmii (Kalm’s lobelia)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus (northern bugleweed)

Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Parnassia glauca (fen grass of Parnassus)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix amygdaloides (peachleaf willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago ptarmicoides (prairie goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve (smooth blue aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense var. occidentale (western germander)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. corymbosa (western ironweed)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

 

black-eyed susan

bottle gentian

Canada anemone

Canadian milkvetch

common strawberry

common yarrow

Culver’s root

fringed loosestrife

harebell

heart-leaved golden alexanders

leadplant

lesser fringed gentian (ssp. virgata)

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

silverleaf scurfpea

spotted water hemlock

stiff goldenrod

Virginia mountain mint

white prairie clover

wild mint

yellow goat's beard

 

 

 

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