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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

Canada Thistle Photo

Invasive Species

A Changing Landscape

Land-use / Land-cover Change

Bighorn Sheep

Ungulate Ecology

Oil and gas development in western North Dakota

Oil and Natural Gas Development

Wetlands provide multiple services to society.

Ecosystem Services

Piping Plover

Terns and Plovers

Your Resources

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Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Fact Sheet
NPWRC Fact Sheet
Herbarium Sheet
NPWRC Herbarium
Close-up image of a pollinator.
Pollinator Library
Aerial view of the Cottonwood Lake Study Area
Missouri Coteau Wetland Ecosystem Observatory
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.

Grasslands Quick Facts

Over the past century, the growing season in North Dakota has lengthened by an average of 1.2 days per decade.

Fiftieth Anniversary Quick Fact

NPWRC celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015.