Upland Sandpiper. Photo: Deborah Drain.

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With a Great Region, comes Great Opportunity

Reconnecting Communities with Nature in the Dakotas

The Great Plains region covers the breeding ground and habitat of three states, each offering a different landscape of opportunity with our various partners, sponsors, and educational focus. Our reach is visible on a local, regional, and hemispheric scale.

Among over 50 outreach events hosted in the both states, over the past year our team has worked hard to:

  • Provide enriching opportunities for our volunteer network
  • Educate a diverse community through field trips and workshops
  • Celebrate important milestones
  • Provide once in a life-time opportunities to connect bird-lovers with the magic that happens in the Great Plains


  • Prairies and Pollinators: Women in Conservation, with 25 women in attendance, we provided a space to connect and exchange ideas, while also highlighting the vital role of pollinators and prairies*
  • Annual Winter and Spring Birding Festival Nature Walk and Indigenous Language Talk: An immersive experience in birding and plant species education*


  • Birds and Hors D’oeuvres: Wings Over Water Hosted a private screening of the documentary that tells the story of the epic journeys of three amazing bird families – the Sandhill Crane, the Yellow Warbler and the Mallard Duck.
  • Celebrated the outstanding dedication and service of Fred and Carol Martin, beloved caretakers of Audubon’s Edward M. Brigham III Sanctuary.


As part of the broader National Audubon Society network, we recognize the importance of our work beyond boundaries. This year, our Working Lands Program Manager, Josh Lefers, presented on the North Dakota Conservation Forage Program at the national America’s Grassland Conference, connecting the importance of our work protecting prairie grasslands for species like the Upland Sandpiper.

*Indicates an equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging focused event.

Click here to read more in the 2023 Audubon Great Plains Annual Report

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