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Polk County Natural Heritage Inventory data

The following is a list of species and natural features on the Natural Heritage Working List that have been documented in Polk County. These data are provided for general planning and assessment purposes only and should not be used for screening or reviewing proposed land development or land management projects. Learn about other methods for obtaining data, including project-specific data.

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Click on the table headings to sort the table, and click on a heading again to change the sort order. The scientific names link to pages with more information about each species or natural community. The count shown is the number of locations in Polk County where each species or feature has been documented and incorporated in the NHI Database. There are likely many additional locations which have not yet been documented. Also, these data were last updated on July 18, 2017, so there may be more recent county records not reflected here. Return to the county tool.
Scientific Name Common Name WI
Status
Federal
Status
Group
Acipenser fulvescens Lake Sturgeon SC/H Rare Fishes
Agabetes acuductus A Water Scavenger Beetle SC/N Rare Beetles
Agalinis gattingeri Roundstem Foxglove THR Rare Plants
Alasmidonta marginata Elktoe SC/P Rare Mussels and Clams
Alder thicket Alder Thicket NA Shrub Communities
Ammodramus henslowii Henslow's Sparrow THR SOC Rare Birds
Ammodramus leconteii Le Conte's Sparrow SC/M Rare Birds
Anguilla rostrata American Eel SC/N Rare Fishes
Anticlea elegans ssp. glaucus White Camas SC Rare Plants
Aplectrum hyemale Putty Root SC Rare Plants
Arcidens confragosus Rock Pocketbook THR Rare Mussels and Clams
Artemisia dracunculus Dragon Wormwood SC Rare Plants
Asclepias lanuginosa Woolly Milkweed THR Rare Plants
Asclepias ovalifolia Dwarf Milkweed THR Rare Plants
Attaneuria ruralis A Common Stonefly SC/N Rare Stoneflies
Bat Hibernaculum Bat Hibernaculum SC Miscellaneous Elements
Bedrock glade Bedrock Glade NA Primary Habitats - Bedrock Dependent
Besseya bullii Kitten Tails THR Rare Plants
Bird Rookery Bird Rookery SC Miscellaneous Elements
Boechera dentata Short's Rock-cress SC Rare Plants
Botaurus lentiginosus American Bittern SC/M Rare Birds
Buteo lineatus Red-shouldered Hawk THR Rare Birds
Canis lupus Gray Wolf SC/FL LE Rare Mammals
Carex backii Rocky Mountain Sedge SC Rare Plants
Carex sychnocephala Many-headed Sedge SC Rare Plants
Crotalaria sagittalis Arrow-headed Rattle-box SC Rare Plants
Crystallaria asprella Crystal Darter END SOC Rare Fishes
Cumberlandia monodonta Spectaclecase END LE Rare Mussels and Clams
Cycleptus elongatus Blue Sucker THR Rare Fishes
Cyclonaias tuberculata Purple Wartyback END Rare Mussels and Clams
Cystopteris laurentiana Laurentian Bladder Fern SC Rare Plants
Dalea villosa var. villosa Silky Prairie-clover SC Rare Plants
Drosera linearis Linear-leaved Sundew THR Rare Plants
Dry prairie Dry Prairie NA Herbaceous Communities - Prairies
Elatine triandra Longstem Water-wort SC Rare Plants
Eleocharis robbinsii Robbins' Spike-rush SC Rare Plants
Ellipsaria lineolata Butterfly END Rare Mussels and Clams
Elliptio crassidens Elephant Ear END Rare Mussels and Clams
Emergent marsh Emergent Marsh NA Herbaceous Communities - Marshes
Emydoidea blandingii Blanding's Turtle SC/P SOC Rare Reptiles
Ephemeral pond Ephemeral Pond NA Lakes and Ponds
Epioblasma triquetra Snuffbox END LE Rare Mussels and Clams
Eptesicus fuscus Big Brown Bat THR Rare Mammals
Etheostoma asprigene Mud Darter SC/N Rare Fishes
Etheostoma microperca Least Darter SC/N Rare Fishes
Floodplain forest Floodplain Forest NA Southern Forests
Forested seep Forested Seep NA Northern Forests
Fusconaia ebena Ebonyshell END Rare Mussels and Clams
Glyptemys insculpta Wood Turtle THR SOC Rare Reptiles
Hardwood Swamp Hardwood Swamp NA Northern Forests
Helophorus latipenis A Water Scavenger Beetle SC/N Rare Beetles
Hybopsis amnis Pallid Shiner END Rare Fishes
Ictiobus niger Black Buffalo THR Rare Fishes
Karner Blue Federal High Potential Range Karner Blue Federal High Potential Range NA HPR Miscellaneous Elements
Lake--deep, hard, drainage Lake--Deep, Hard, Drainage NA Lakes and Ponds
Lake--shallow, hard, seepage Lake--Shallow, Hard, Seepage NA Lakes and Ponds
Lake--shallow, soft, seepage Lake--Shallow, Soft, Seepage NA Lakes and Ponds
Lake--soft bog Lake--Soft Bog NA Lakes and Ponds
Lampsilis higginsii Higgins Eye END LE Rare Mussels and Clams
Lanius ludovicianus Loggerhead Shrike END SOC Rare Birds
Leucophysalis grandiflora Large-flowered Ground-cherry SC Rare Plants
Liatris punctata var. nebraskana Dotted Blazing Star END Rare Plants
Lycaeides melissa samuelis Karner Blue SC/FL LE Rare Butterflies and Moths
Lycaena dione Gray Copper SC/N Rare Butterflies and Moths
Macrhybopsis hyostoma Shoal Chub THR Rare Fishes
Minuartia dawsonensis Rock Stitchwort SC Rare Plants
Moist cliff Moist Cliff NA Primary Habitats - Bedrock Dependent
Moxostoma carinatum River Redhorse THR Rare Fishes
Mussel Bed Mussel Bed SC Miscellaneous Elements
Myotis lucifugus Little Brown Bat THR Rare Mammals
Myotis septentrionalis Northern Long-eared Bat THR LT Rare Mammals
Northern dry forest Northern Dry Forest NA Northern Forests
Northern dry-mesic forest Northern Dry-mesic Forest NA Northern Forests
Northern mesic forest Northern Mesic Forest NA Northern Forests
Northern sedge meadow Northern Sedge Meadow NA Herbaceous Communities - Sedge Meadows, Fens, and Bogs
Northern Tamarack Swamp Northern Tamarack Swamp NA Northern Forests
Northern wet forest Northern Wet Forest NA Northern Forests
Northern wet-mesic forest Northern Wet-mesic Forest NA Northern Forests
Oak barrens Oak Barrens NA Savannas and Woodlands
Open bog Open Bog NA Herbaceous Communities - Sedge Meadows, Fens, and Bogs
Ophiogomphus smithi Sioux (Sand) Snaketail SC/N Rare Dragonflies and Damselflies
Ophiogomphus susbehcha St. Croix Snaketail END Rare Dragonflies and Damselflies
Opuntia fragilis Brittle Prickly-pear THR Rare Plants
Pediomelum argophyllum Silvery Scurf Pea SC Rare Plants
Percina evides Gilt Darter THR Rare Fishes
Perimyotis subflavus Eastern Pipistrelle THR Rare Mammals
Phemeranthus rugospermus Prairie Fame-flower SC Rare Plants
Pine barrens Pine Barrens NA Savannas and Woodlands
Pituophis catenifer Gophersnake SC/P Rare Reptiles
Plestiodon septentrionalis Prairie Skink SC/H Rare Reptiles
Podiceps grisegena Red-necked Grebe END Rare Birds
Potamogeton bicupulatus Snail-seed Pondweed SC Rare Plants
Potamogeton diversifolius Water-thread Pondweed SC Rare Plants
Potamogeton pulcher Spotted Pondweed END Rare Plants
Potamogeton vaseyi Vasey's Pondweed SC Rare Plants
Protonotaria citrea Prothonotary Warbler SC/M Rare Birds
Quadrula fragosa Winged Mapleleaf END LE Rare Mussels and Clams
Quadrula metanevra Monkeyface THR Rare Mussels and Clams
Quadrula nodulata Wartyback THR Rare Mussels and Clams
Sand prairie Sand Prairie NA Herbaceous Communities - Prairies
Schoenoplectus heterochaetus Slender Bulrush SC Rare Plants
Schoenoplectus torreyi Torrey's Bulrush SC Rare Plants
Setophaga cerulea Cerulean Warbler THR SOC Rare Birds
Shrub-carr Shrub-carr NA Shrub Communities
Simpsonaias ambigua Salamander Mussel THR SOC Rare Mussels and Clams
Southern dry forest Southern Dry Forest NA Southern Forests
Southern dry-mesic forest Southern Dry-mesic Forest NA Southern Forests
Southern mesic forest Southern Mesic Forest NA Southern Forests
Springs and spring runs, hard Springs and Spring Runs, Hard NA Springs and Streams
Stream--fast, hard, cold Stream--Fast, Hard, Cold NA Springs and Streams
Tephroseris palustris Marsh Ragwort SC Rare Plants
Thalictrum venulosum Veined Meadowrue SC Rare Plants
Tritogonia verrucosa Buckhorn THR Rare Mussels and Clams
Truncilla donaciformis Fawnsfoot THR Rare Mussels and Clams
Utricularia resupinata Northeastern Bladderwort SC Rare Plants
Vaccinium vitis-idaea Mountain Cranberry END Rare Plants
Woodsia oregana ssp. cathcartiana Oregon Woodsia SC Rare Plants
Last revised: July 18, 2017
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