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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

Bighorn Sheep

Ungulate Ecology

Piping Plover

Terns and Plovers

Bumblebee on a native flower

Honey Bees and Native Pollinators


Waterfowl and Other Waterbirds

Yellow Lady Slipper

Native Plants and Restoration Ecology

Wetlands provide multiple services to society.

Ecosystem Services

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

Fiftieth Anniversary Quick Fact

NPWRC celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Grasslands Quick Facts

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

Waterfowl Quick Fact

The Prairie Pothole Region is also known as the “duck factory” of North America.