Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Management and Restoration

Understanding how ecosystems work and how chemical, geological, hydrological, and biological processes interact and change with human and natural alterations

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Date published: June 21, 2018
Status: Active

An evaluation of waterfowl breeding ecology in the context of their predator community in eastern South Dakota

Population growth in upland-nesting ducks is highly influenced by spatial and temporal variation in nest survival, and mammalian predators are the major cause of nest failure.  Beginning in spring 2018, a graduate student from South Dakota State University and co-advised by a NPWRC scientist will study predator communities and their movements in landscapes with varying grassland patch...

Contacts: Aaron Pearse
Date published: June 19, 2018
Status: Active

Support to Fish and Wildlife Service and Prairie Pothole Joint Venture for monitoring and management of migratory bird populations

Sound management of migratory bird breeding populations in the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region hinges on effective monitoring programs and comprehensive analyses of long-term survey data.  To this end, Northern Prairie provides support to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in several important areas.  The Four-Square-Mile Breeding Duck and Habitat Survey was developed by Northern Prairie in the...

Contacts: Terry Shaffer