Pesticides in the Prairie Pothole Region

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Wetlands of the northern Great Plains are crucial feeding grounds for migrating birds and waterfowl embedded in an agricultural landscape. Land use and hydrology can affect adult aquatic insects – crucial prey for critically declining populations of insectivorous birds. Current studies focus on effects of current-use pesticides on adult aquatic insects to inform decision making about contaminants of emerging environmental concern.

Scientists work on insect traps in the Prairie Pothole region of North Dakota.
Scientists work on insect traps in the Prairie Pothole region of North Dakota. This work was done in the wetlands in Southeast/Central ND - Stutsman and Kidder counties, ND in grassland and on farms. Rachel Harrington, USGS Public domain

Wetlands of the northern Great Plains are crucial feeding grounds for migrating birds and waterfowl embedded in an agricultural landscape. Land use and hydrology can affect adult aquatic insects – crucial prey for critically declining populations of insectivorous birds. Current studies focus on effects of current-use pesticides on adult aquatic insects to inform decision making about contaminants of emerging environmental concern.

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