Western Prairie SNA

 

 

     
 
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Size

 
 

320 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

An intermittent drainage ditch divides the prairie from east to west into two sections. Water-filled drainage ditches border the north, west, and south edges. Dry access to the south section is possible from the parking spot.

Parking and field access to south section
N46 31.068, W96 25.497

Dry access to the north section is available from a narrow field access on the same road near the northwest corner of the prairie.

Field access to north section
N46 31.652, W96 25.497

 
         
 

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          Wilkin County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Red River Valley

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Red River Prairie

   
  Land Type Association    

Barnesville Beach Complex

Campbell Lake Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Saline Wet Prairie Complex

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

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Wood Routed Sign

 
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Saline Wet Prairie Complex

 
    Western Prairie SNA   Western Prairie SNA  

 

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9/16/2009                
 
 

Amphibians

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
  northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)   northern leopard frog  
 

Birds

 
 

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

Endangered

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

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)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

  Canada Goose  
 

Fishes

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

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

Special Concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

 
 

black-tipped darner (Aeshna tuberculifera)

familiar bluet (Enallagma civile)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

seven-spotted lady beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)

white-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)

  white-faced meadowhawk  
 

Mammals

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

 
 

coyote (Canis latrans)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  whitetail deer  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Threatened

red saltwort (Salicornia rubra)

Special Concern

deer sedge (Carex hallii)

pleated gentian (Gentiana affinis)

Rydberg’s sunflower (Helianthus nuttallii ssp. rydbergii)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

 

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common sow thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

downy gentian (Gentiana puberulenta)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

Missouri goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

red-seeded dandelion (Taraxacum erythrospermum)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

Rydberg’s sunflower (Helianthus nuttallii ssp. rydbergii)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

showy blue lettuce (Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

silverweed (Argentina anserina ssp. anserina)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum var. bruneri)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white ash (Fraxinus americana)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Argentina anserina ssp. anserina (silverweed)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior (butterfly weed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Eutrochium maculatum var. bruneri (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fraxinus americana (white ash)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Gentiana puberulenta (downy gentian)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus nuttallii ssp. rydbergii (Rydberg’s sunflower)

Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella (showy blue lettuce)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus (northern bugleweed)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago missouriensis (Missouri goldenrod)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sonchus oleraceus (common sow thistle)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Taraxacum erythrospermum (red-seeded dandelion)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

 

bottle gentian

Canada goldenrod

Canadian milkvetch

common evening primrose

downy gentian

heart-leaved golden alexanders

prairie cordgrass

prairie rose

Russian olive

stiff goldenrod

swamp milkweed

purple meadow-rue

whorled milkweed

wild licorice

 

 

 

 

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