Bird Conservation Region 22

Eastern Tallgrass Prairie

Description: This region includes what was formerly the tallest and lushest grasslands of the Great Plains. Beech-maple forest dominated in the eastern sections, and the prairie and woodland ecotone between the two was marked by a broad and dynamic oak-dominated savanna. The modern landscape of the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie is dominated by agriculture. Threats to the upland and wetland habitats of this region include urbanization, recreational development, and agricultural expansion. High priority grassland birds that persist in some areas include the Greater Prairie-Chicken and Henslow’s Sparrow. Cerulean Warblers are in some wooded areas, and Red-headed Woodpecker leads the list of savanna specialists.

Bird Conservation Plans
Landbirds - Dissected Till Plains, Prairie Penninsula, Osage Plains, UMR JV Landbird Habitat Conservation Strategy
Shorebirds - Upper Mississippi Valley/Great Lakes Region
Waterbirds - Upper Mississippi Valley/Great Lakes Region
Waterfowl - Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes Region
All Birds - Eastern Tallgrass Prairie All-Bird Conservation Plan
, UMR/GLR JV All Bird Implementation Plan

Joint Venture area: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes

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