Wildlife & Habitat

Wildlife & Habitat: 512x219 Canada Geese - D. VanThuyne

The Prairie Pothole Region is legendary in its continental importance to waterfowl and other migratory birds. This area is the “best of the best” in terms of wetland density in the U.S., with prairie/wetland complexes in densities of up to 150 wetland basins per square mile. These wetland prairie complexes can support greater than 100 duck pairs per square mile. The Prairie Pothole Region remains the most important waterfowl-producing region on the continent, generating more than half of North America’s ducks.

  • Ruddy Duck

    Species #1: 150x118 Ruddy Duck - Scott Ralston

    The Ruddy duck is a compact, stiff-tailed duck. Adult males have a rust-red body, a blue bill and a white face with a black cap. Adult females have a grey-brown body with a grayish face with a darker bill, cap and a cheek stripe. The Ruddy duck is usually found on deeper, larger water bodies, but can also be found on the smaller, shallower potholes throughout the District. These ducks can be found from spring, when they arrive on the breeding grounds, through fall, before the migration. 

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  • Mallard Duck

    Species #2: 150x118 Mallard on Ice - D. VanThuyne

    Perhaps the most familiar of all ducks, Mallards occur throughout North America and Eurasia in ponds and parks as well as wilder wetlands and estuaries. The male’s gleaming green head, gray flanks, and black tail-curl arguably make it the most easily identified duck. Mallards have long been hunted for the table, and almost all domestic ducks come from this species.


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  • Bobolink

    Species #3:150x118 Bobolink - Scott Ralston

    The bobolink is a bird that can be seen in many of the grasslands in the Devils Lake Wetland Management District. The males are black below with a white rump and shoulders and a buff colored neck. Males have a bubbly song that sounds like their name. Since they like to nest in grassy areas singing males have a rather unusual way to get their song heard. They take off from a grass singing and rising high into the sky. This high flying method is called skylarking.

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  • Prairie Wetlands

    Conservation:150x118 Conservation PPR - DLWMD

    The Prairie Pothole Region, the area commonly referred to as America's 'duck factory' consists of prairie wetlands that support over 300 species of migratory birds and are the primary breeding areas for the continent's waterfowl.

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