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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

Native Prairie

Prairie and Wetlands Management

Subsurface tile drains in an agricultural field.

Agricultural Land Drainage

Automated gas sampling devise.

Carbon and Greenhouse Gases

Canada Thistle Photo

Invasive Species

A western meadowlark

Grassland Birds

Mallard

Waterfowl and Other Waterbirds

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

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

Wetlands Quick Fact

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

Wetlands Quick Fact

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