Wildlife & Habitat

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The numerous wetlands and tracts of grassland within the District attract a variety of grassland and wetland nesting migratory birds, plus an abundant menagerie of other wildlife species. There are a few isolated spots in the District where breeding waterfowl densities reach 80 - 100 pairs per square mile.

  • Waterfowl

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    Many birds utilize the numerous wetlands throughout the five county district in the spring and fall. During this time, peak concentrations can reach into the thousands. The principal waterfowl nesting species are Canada geese, mallards, pintails, blue-winged teal, shovelers, and gadwall.

  • Wetlands

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    The Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) within the Valley City Wetland Management District are comprised of numerous wetlands of various types and sizes.  The most obvious beneficiary of wetlands is wildlife. Wetlands are absolutely essential to waterfowl production and are important habitat for other migratory birds. They not only provide food and shelter, but also nesting sites. Wetlands also provide year-round habitat for many resident wildlife species.

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  • Grasslands

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    Grassland management on District Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) is done mostly through cooperative grazing agreements, haying agreements or prescribed burning. The focus of management operations is maintaining high quality keeping the grassland resources in good condition for ground nesting birds with emphasis on waterfowl.

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  • Pollinators

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    Pollinators are nearly as important as sunlight, soil and water to the reproductive success of over 75% of the world's flowering plants. They are crucial to the production of most fruits, nuts and berries on which wildlife and people depend.

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