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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 Changing Landscape

Land-use / Land-cover Change

Working in a wetland ecosystem

Wetland Ecosystems

Yellow Lady Slipper

Native Plants and Restoration Ecology

Oil and gas development in western North Dakota

Oil and Natural Gas Development

Wolf Photo

Wolves

Your Resources

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Publications
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

Grasslands Quick Facts

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

Wetlands Quick Fact

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

Waterfowl Quick Fact

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