• Artist George Catlin recorded the quarrying activity at the pipestone quarries in 1836

    Pipestone

    National Monument Minnesota

Animals

Painted Lady Butterfly on Lichen-covered Quartzite

Painted Lady Butterfly on Lichen-covered Quartzite

NPS, A. Deming

Pipestone National Monument is home to many animal species. Among the more popular and visible residents are; thirteen-lined ground squirrels, great blue herons, snapping turtles, and beaver. During the spring and fall months, bird watching is a popular activity at the Monument with many migratory species present.

The prairie and riparian (stream) ecosystems support a great diversity of wildlife. There are over twenty-five mammalian species, over one hundred bird species, approximately twenty-six fish species, nine reptiles and amphibians, and numerous insect families. Check out the photos and details under each group of animals for more information.

Did You Know?

A quarrier working in his quarry pit

Pipestone is located about 12-17 feet below the ground, between layers of quartzite rock. Only hand tools are used to quarry the stone at Pipestone National Monument. More...