The Blazing Star Prairie Preserve is located on one of the highest overlooks of the Red River Valley, and was once covered by Glacial Lake Agassiz. A wave-deposited beach ridge crosses the site. The preserve is a prime combination of wet, gravel and mesic prairie, the last being dominant—a rarity in Clay County and the state. On early spring mornings, visitors to the preserve can hear the resonant booming call of the prairie chickens, as they carry out their courtship ritual to establish territories and compete for mates.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The preserve was named for the blazing star that is found in several areas within the site. The major reason for acquiring the preserve was the four prairie chicken mating grounds situated within a two-mile radius of the tract.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
With the assistance of the Red River Valley Sugar Beet Association, the preserve was purchased by The Nature Conservancy in 1975. In 1981, the State officially designated it as a Scientific and Natural Area.