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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

Wolf Photo


Flooded Road

Climate Change

Automated gas sampling devise.

Carbon and Greenhouse Gases

American White Pelicans

Pelicans and Other Colonial Nesting Birds

Native Prairie

Prairie and Wetlands Management

Bumblebee on a native flower

Honey Bees and Native Pollinators

Your Resources

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Celebrating 50 Years of Science
NPWRC History
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Fact Sheet
NPWRC Fact Sheet
Close-up image of a pollinator.
Pollinator Library
Herbarium Sheet
NPWRC Herbarium
Aerial view of the Cottonwood Lake Study Area
Missouri Coteau Wetland Ecosystem Observatory

Quick Facts

Wetlands Quick Fact

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

Waterfowl Quick Fact

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

Wetlands Quick Fact

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