The City of Eden Prairie, Minnesota owes its name to Elizabeth Fries Ellet, the East Coast writer who visited the area in 1852. In her travelogue book, Summer Rambles in the West, Ellet described the Minnesota River Valley which adjoins the current day City of Eden Prairie, as the garden spot of the territory.  Learn more about Elizabeth Fries Ellet on Wiki

RTACA Bird List
Bottomland Forest Plant Community Sedge Meadow Plant Community Oak Savanna Plant Community
American Woodcock Blue-winged Teal Red-headed Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker Northern Harrier Red-tailed Hawk
Wood Duck Red-winged Blackbird Loggerhead Shrike
Pronthonotary Warbler Great Egret Eastern Kingbird
Cerulean Warbler Pied-billed Grebe Northern Flicker
Red-shouldered Hawk   Great Crested Flycatcher
    Black Tern
Big Woods Plant Community Minnesota River Plant Community Prairie Plant Community
Great Horned Owl Bald Eagle Bobolink
Broad-winged Hawk Trumpeter Swan Killdeer
Wood Thrush White Pelican Eastern Meadowlark
Wild Turkey Great Blue Heron Common Nighhawk
Red-Eyed Vireo Mallard Duck Eastern Kingbird
Brown-headed Cowbird Belted Kingfisher