American Prairie Reserve lies at the heart of a region noted for its overall scientific importance. The area in which we work has been identified by leading scientists as an ideal location for the construction of a large-scale grassland complex, owing to its rich abundance of plants, animals and geologic features. We are committed to managing our lands in line with sound scientific principles, and we work in partnership with experienced leaders in the scientific community to facilitate projects such as bison reintroduction, stream restoration and pronghorn migration studies. Through these efforts, we hope to maximize the Reserve’s potential to serve as habitat for the region’s native species, while making a positive contribution to the growing body of scientific research on the flora and fauna of the North American prairie.
Several projects are planned for Summer 2014, including prairie dog town monitoring, surveys for grassland birds such as greater sage-grouse and burrowing owls, and population monitoring of bison and other large mammals. We’re also excited to launch a new, three-year citizen science program, called Landmark, on the Reserve in 2014. Click here to learn more about our partnership with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), and apply today to join a volunteer science crew by visiting the ASC website.
The following studies are ongoing on American Prairie Reserve and in the surrounding region, thanks in large part to our science partners and regional groups and agencies like World Wildlife Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Grassland Birds
- Stream and Riparian Restoration
- Prairie Dog and Ferret Restoration
- Tracking Cougars
- Swift Fox Reintroduction and Study
- Pronghorn Migration Study
- Long-Billed Curlew Study
- Bison Restoration
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