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Chase Lake Prairie Ecosystem


ruddy duck photoThe Chase Lake Prairie Ecosystem contains some of the highest duck producing areas in the lower 48 states. Within its 4.5-million-acre area are prairie wetland complexes that exceed 100 basins per square mile. Some of the highest densities of native prairie remaining in the Upper Great Plains are found here, including a roughly 20-square-mile, roadless block of prairie at its core.

pair of white pelicans photoThe area is home to North America's largest breeding colony of white pelicans and provides exceptional migratory habitat for millions of shorebirds each year.

Agricultural production in the Chase Lake Ecosystem consists of a diverse mixture of grain and sunflower production and cattle production.

short-eared owl photo Wilson's phalarope photo


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