Target Bird Species
The diverse ecotypes of the Dakotas attracts and supports a wide variety of avian species. Waterfowl dabble, dive, and breed across the Prairie Pothole Region, reaching massive numbers into the millions. Though woodlands cover just 1% of North Dakota and South Dakota landscape, these small patches support millions of migrating woodland passerines such as warblers, sparrows, and waxwings. Tallgrass prairie, mixed grasslands, and short grasslands support grouse, upland nesting waterfowl, cranes, hawks, and grassland passerines.
Due to the high land conversion rates throughout the Dakotas (over 7% annually), Dakota bird species are experiencing overall population declines. Therefore, Audubon Dakota’s conservation initiatives are focused on protecting, enhancing, and restoring these critical habitats for our target bird species.