Habitat diversity is a key role in
supporting the Upper Missouri Citeau's wildlife diversity. The combination of wetlands,
native and tame grasslands, and agricultural fields provide habitats for various resident
and migratory birds as well as numerous species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
There are several Species of Special
Concern found in the Focus Area. These include: burrowing owl, Bairds sparrow,
Spragues pipit, Forsters tern, black tern, lark bunting, grasshopper sparrow,
Franklins gull, marbled godwit, ferruginous hawk, horned grebe, and common tern. The
piping plover is listed as a threatened species, and 85% of Montanas total breeding
population is found in the Upper Missouri Coteau Focus Area.