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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

A western meadowlark

Grassland Birds

American White Pelicans

Pelicans and Other Colonial Nesting Birds

A Wind Turbine in North Dakota

Alternative Energy


Waterfowl and Other Waterbirds

Canada Thistle Photo

Invasive Species

Yellow Lady Slipper

Native Plants and Restoration Ecology

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

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

Wetlands Quick Fact

The average size of a prairie pothole wetland is 3.2 acres.

Fiftieth Anniversary Quick Fact

NPWRC celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015.