Bird Conservation Region 17

Badlands and Prairies

Description: This semi-arid rolling plain is dominated by a mixed-grass prairie that lies west and south of the glaciated Prairie Pothole region, east of the Rocky Mountains, and north of the true shortgrass prairie. Due in large part to the continued dominance of ranching as a land use, many contiguous grassland tracts of significant size persist in this area. As a result, this area is habitat for some of the healthiest populations of high priority dry-grassland birds on the continent, including Mountain Plover, McCown’s Longspur, and Long-billed Curlew. The relatively small number of wetlands in the region, including small impoundments created to serve as livestock water sources, receives intensive use by upland nesting waterfowl and broods.

Bird Conservation Plans
Landbirds - Montana, Wyoming,
Shorebirds - Northern Plains/Prairie Potholes
Waterbirds - Central Prairies
Waterfowl - Northern Great Plains JV Implementation Plan
All Birds - Northern Great Plains JV Implementation Plan

Joint Venture area: Northern Great Plains

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