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Our Amazing Grasslands, The Migration ~ Edmunds County, South Dakota

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Amazing Grassland - The Migration

Migratory birds flock to the Prairie Pothole region of South Dakota after a long winter.

“The Prairie Pothole Region serves as a crucial area for breeding waterfowl and shorebirds. Small, shallow wetlands surrounded by grasslands and muddy flats provide an ideal environment for reproduction. The migration, staggered over weeks, includes a great variety of waterfowl and shorebirds, including Canada geese, killdeer, mallards, northern pintails, and snow geese. Conservation efforts aim to ensure the continued well-being of populations of waterfowl and other birds throughout the entire ecosystem.”

In this eight minute video, we join Ducks Unlimited Conservation Program Manager Bruce Toay in the Prairie Pothole region of South Dakota. The Prairie Pothole region is important habitat for many migratory birds as the journey back north during spring. Ducks Unlimited works with farmers and partners to protect this critical habitat and conserve resources for future generations.

The South Dakota Grassland Coalition (SDGC) partnered with the organizations listed below to enhance the Grassland Planner with a release of a short video story each month during 2024, promoting healthy soils, grasslands, and ecosystems. Please enjoy the "Our Amazing Grasslands" feature story for March 2024.

The 2024 Grassland Stewardship Communications Project Partners:  SDGC, Audubon Dakota, Ducks Unlimited, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, South Dakota Soil Health Coalition, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and South Dakota State University.

The 2024 Grassland Planner is now available! 
For a PDF copy, visit the NRCS Publications webpage.
For a physical copy, contact the NRCS State Office at (605) 352-1200.
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If you missed previous "Our Amazing Grassland" stories, the links are below:
The 2024 Our Amazing Grassland Stories:
January:  Larry Wagner
February:  Krause Family

If you missed previous "Our Amazing Grassland" stories, they can be found here.