Nyroca Flats

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Minnesota Waterfowl Association
In Progress
Start Date
February 2011
End Date
June 2014
Counties Affected
Project Overview
The prairies of western Minnesota would have originally been devoid of trees. Today, many areas have significant levels of trees. Trees affect the very character and nature of prairies and grasslands. Tree leaves shade the sun-loving prairie grasses and wildflowers. The branches provide perches for hawks, owls, and crows. The bases of the trees provide den sites for foxes, raccoons, and skunks. All of these predators can have dramatic impacts on nest success of waterfowl, gamebirds, and songbirds near these trees. Our goal is to remove trees from western Minnesota prairies and restored grasslands to recapture the feel of presettlement Minnesota as well as benefit the wildlife species that depend on these habitats. In the Audubon Societies 2009 State of the Birds Report, grassland birds have declined more than any other group of bird in this country. We hope to increase populations of these species for their own benefit as well as the benefit of birdwatchers and hunters.
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
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