Projects and Research


Inventory and monitoring projects are done to help further Refuge purposes; inform management of biological diversity and environmental health; and federally threatened and endangered species.

Surveys or research done by Refuge staff or partners in recent years include:

  • Inventory and mapping of native plant communities
  • Condition and health of native grasslands as measured by plant composition and structure structure
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  • Invasive plant distribution and abundance
  • Prairie grouse abundance
  • Breeding bird species occurrence and abundance
  • Bison health and abundance
  • Bison genetics
  • Elk health, abundance, and movements
  • Mountain lion distribution and abundance
  • Northern long-eared bat winter hibernacula
  • White-nose syndrome surveillance in bats
  • Bat species composition and abundance (NAbat)
  • American burying beetle distribution and abundance
  • Streamflow and water quality of the Niobrara River and tributary streams
  • Wilderness character