Wildlife & Habitat

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The District lies in the heart of the "Prairie Pothole Region." The Prairie Potholes are also known as the "duck factory" of North America.  This relatively small area contains a high density of wetlands, commonly called "potholes," which attract nearly half of the continent's breeding waterfowl. The "Drift Prairie" of North Dakota, where the Arrowwood WMD is situated, is sandwiched between the Missouri Coteau to the west and the Red River Valley to the east. The District is characterized as mostly drift prairie. There is some native prairie left (1,354 acreas) within the 28 WPA's (6,162 acres total). However, most of the remaining grasslands are either tame grasses or dense nesting cover.

Numerous wildlife species inhabit the WPAs include a great diversity of waterfowl, upland game birds, nesting and migratory songbirds, birds of prey, deer and numerous fur-bearers including mink and muskrat.

  • Wetlands

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    Wetlands, also known as marshes, sloughs, potholes, and ponds, dominate much of the landscape in the District. They are important in many ways and vary greatly by size and type.

  • Grasslands

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    Vast grasslands once covered much of North America. Settlement, agriculture, and development have reduced prairie habitats to a patchwork of isolated grasslands in a sea of croplands, roads, and cities. Loss of these grasslands is detrimental to people as well as to wildlife.

  • Wildlife

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    Arrowwood Wetland Management District provides year round habitat for many species of wildlife and is visited by many migratory birds during the spring and fall.