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Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

The Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) conducts integrated research to fulfill the Department of the Interior's responsibilities to the Nation's natural resources.  Located on six hundred acres along the James River Valley near Jamestown, North Dakota, the NPWRC develops and disseminates scientific information needed to understand, conserve, and manage the Nation’s biological resources.  Research emphasis is primarily on mid-continental plant and animal species and ecosystems of the United States.

Our Science

Subsurface tile drains in an agricultural field.

Agricultural Land Drainage

A Wind Turbine in North Dakota

Alternative Energy

Canada Thistle Photo

Invasive Species

Native Prairie

Prairie and Wetlands Management

Yellow Lady Slipper

Native Plants and Restoration Ecology

Piping Plover

Terns and Plovers

Your Resources

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Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Fact Sheet
NPWRC Fact Sheet
Working at Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Jobs Available at NPWRC
Close-up image of a pollinator.
Pollinator Library
Herbarium Sheet
NPWRC Herbarium
Sketch of a bobolink.
Effects of Management Practices on Grassland Birds

Quick Facts

Wetlands Quick Fact

More than half of all prairie pothole wetlands have been drained.

Wetlands Quick Fact

There are over 2.5 million wetland basins within the U.S. portion of the Prairie Pothole Region.

Grasslands Quick Facts

Grasslands are considered to be one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems.