Latin: Sialia sialis
We help landowners and land managers apply bird-friendly practices, and drive solutions that influence ecosystem health at scale
Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon
As farms and cities in the central United States flourished, prairie grasses disappeared. Tallgrass prairie is now among our most endangered habitats—only about 4 percent remains. Grassland birds have shown the most sustained population declines of any bird group in North America. Audubon partners with ranchers and producers who own remaining grasslands to develop habitat management that benefits grassland birds while sustaining the livelihoods of the ranchers and producers.
The vast majority of America’s grassland birds breed on private lands, working with ranchers and private landowners is our best hope for conserving them.
The Conservation Forage Program works with North Dakota's producers to establish grasslands on marginal cropland to improve forage availability and quality.
We partner with private landowners to invest in sustainable land management, providing financial and technical support for grazing infrastructure for private landowners.
Conservation and agricultural land easements are a voluntary, free-market, incentive-based approach to the permanent conservation of natural, agricultural, and historical resources on private land.
Prescribed fire offers benefits to both people and wildlife. When done properly, prescribed fire is a safe and effective tool to control invasive species, improve species diversity, and improve soil health.
Because the vast majority of America’s grassland birds breed on private lands, working with ranchers is our best hope for conserving them. Partner with Audubon to learn about “bird-friendly” grazing practices and economic incentives of sustainable investments.
Audubon Great Plains is a partner with the North Dakota Prescribed Fire Coop (NDPF). The NDPFC strives to facilitate a positive North Dakota landowner awareness of prescribed fire as a management tool.
Prescribed fires can be used to manage fuel loads, helping to prevent wildfires. More importantly, prescribed fires can be a safe and effective method to increase grassland productivity for wildlife and livestock alike. The coop works to develop the tools, knowledge, and connections necessary for landowners to establish burn associations. In the long run, a self-sustaining landowner prescribed fire program will benefit North Dakota's grasslands the most.
Help us continue our important work for Sandhill Cranes and other birds that rely on the Platte River ecosystem!
We are able to provide and protect this amazing landscape only with the help of private donations. Help us keep the trails open and the prairie thriving!
Support our work with local landowners, urban woods and prairies, and education programs in Nebraska and the Dakotas!