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Waterfowl and Other Waterbirds


The Prairie Pothole Region is the most important breeding area in North America for many species of ducks. The region supports more than 22 million breeding ducks each year, representing about 50% of the total estimated surveyed duck population of North America. The region’s wetlands also provide critical resting habitat and food resources for many more waterfowl that migrate through the area during spring and fall. Invertebrate and plant resources provided by the region’s productive wetlands play a critical role in duck productivity, while upland habitat, particularly grasslands, provide nesting habitat. Conversion to agricultural, wetland drainage, and more recently oil and gas development, have resulted in substantial losses [...]

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  • Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center


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