Bird Conservation Region 23

Prairie Hardwood Transition

Description: Prairies once dominated this region in the west and south and beech-maple forest in the north and east, separated by an oak savanna. There are still remnant populations of Greater Prairie-Chicken in grasslands and Cerulean Warbler and other forestbreeding migrants to the northeast. Early successional habitat is used by Golden-winged Warblers, Henslow’s Sparrows, and American Woodcock. Glaciation has resulted in numerous pothole-type wetlands and shallow lakes, and the Great Lakes’ coastal estuaries are the destinations of many rivers. Additional important waterfowl lakeshore-wetland habitats range from emergent marshes and diked impoundments to normally ice-free deepwater habitats valuable for diving ducks. This region is second only to the Prairie Pothole region in terms of support of high densities of breeding waterfowl, including Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Wood Duck, and Redhead.

Bird Conservation Plans
Landbirds - Upper Great Lakes Plain, Landbird Habitat Conservation Strategy
Shorebirds - Upper Mississippi Valley/Great Lakes, Shorebird Habitat Conservation Strategy
Waterbirds - Upper Mississippi Valley/Great Lakes, Waterbird Habitat Conservation Stragegy
Waterfowl - Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes Region, Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Strategy
All Birds -
UMR/GL All Bird Implementation Plan

Joint Venture area: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes

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