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Located on six hundred acres along the James River Valley near Jamestown, North Dakota, the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is one of seventeen USGS Science Centers that develop and disseminate the scientific information needed to understand, conserve, and manage the Nation’s rich biological resources.

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Migratory-bird center of excellence

Migratory-bird center of excellence

The Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is known for its long history of meeting the migratory-bird research needs of Department of the Interior and the Nation.

Migratory Birds

Insect pollinators of the Great Plains

Insect pollinators of the Great Plains

Pollinators support both natural and agricultural ecosystems. Northern Prairie scientists are studying factors affecting the health of insect pollinators across the northern Great Plains.

Pollinator Research

Minimizing impacts to wildlife and ecosystems

Minimizing impacts to wildlife and ecosystems

Providing information needed to reduce human impacts to wildlife populations and ecosystems in the northern Great Plains is a focus of several research efforts at NPWRC.

Species Stressors

News

Date published: June 20, 2019

Honey Bee Helpers: It Takes a Village to Conserve a Colony

Do you eat fruits and vegetables? What about nuts? If so, you can thank an insect pollinator, usually a honey bee. These small insects play a major role in pollinating the world’s plants, including those we eat regularly. They also increase our nation’s crop values each year by more than 15 billion dollars.

Date published: May 21, 2018

Scientists Collecting Bird Data on Grasslands in Montana this Spring

Now through late July, 2018, U.S. Geological Survey scientists will conduct fieldwork on public lands in Phillips and Valley counties near Malta and Glasgow, Montana, as part of a grassland bird project.

Date published: August 30, 2017

Public Invitation: Jamestown Science Center Opens Doors for Interactive Experience

The public is invited to attend a free, family-friendly open house at a local U.S. Geological Survey center for ecology research on Saturday, September 16.  

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

The effects of management practices on grassland birds—Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Keys to Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii) management are providing large grasslands with tall, dense, herbaceous vegetation and well-developed litter; avoiding habitat disturbances during the breeding season; and controlling plant succession. Henslow’s Sparrows have been reported to use habitats with less than or equal to (≤) 122 centimeters...

Herkert, James R.
Herkert, J.R., 2019, The effects of management practices on grassland birds—Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii), chap. II of Johnson, D.H., Igl, L.D., Shaffer, J.A., and DeLong, J.P., eds., The effects of management practices on grassland birds: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1842, 16 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1842II.

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Impacts on wildlife of annual crops for biofuel production

No abstract available.

Otto, Clint R. V.
Otto, CRV. 2019. Impacts on Wildlife of Annual Crops for Biofuel Production. In Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation. Eds. C. Moorman, S. Grodsky, and S. Rupp. Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Study design and methods for a wetland condition assessment on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fee-title lands in the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, USA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) manages wetlands and grasslands for wildlife habitat throughout the central North American Prairie Pothole Region (PPR). PPR wetlands, or potholes, are widely recognized as critical habitats for North American migratory waterfowl, waterbirds, and other wildlife. Potholes also provide other ecosystem...

Tangen, Brian A.; Bansal, Sheel; Fern, Rachel R.; DeKeyser, Edward S.; Hargiss, Christina L. M.; Mushet, David M.; Dixon, Cami S.
Tangen, B.A., Bansal, S., Fern, R.R., DeKeyser, E.S., Hargiss, C.L.M., Mushet, D.M., and Dixon, C.S., 2019, Study design and methods for a wetland condition assessment on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fee-title lands in the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, USA: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1118, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191118.