North Dakota - West River Action Group

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The North Dakota West River Action Group (WRAG) was formed in


Species of Conservation Priority

North Dakota's Wildlife Action Plan focuses on 100 species that are considered Species of Conservation Priority. Information relating to the distribution, abundance, habitat requirements, threats, management goals and monitoring techniques for each of these species is included in the Wildlife Action Plan. They are categorized into three levels according to their conservation need:

  • Level I - Species in greatest need of conservation.
  • Level II - Species in need of conservation, but have had support from other wildlife programs.
  • Level III - Species in moderate need of conservation, but are believed to be on the edge of their range in North Dakota. 

Level I Species

These are species which are in decline and receive little or no monetary support or conservation efforts. North Dakota Game and Fish Department has a clear obligation to use SWG funding to implement conservation actions that directly benefit these species.

Level I species are those having a: • high level of conservation priority because of declining status either here or across their range - or - • high rate of occurrence in North Dakota constituting the core of the species breeding range (i.e. “responsibility” species) but are at-risk range wide 

Level II Species

North Dakota Game and Fish Department will use SWG funding to implement conservation actions to benefit these species if SWG funding for Level I species is sufficient or conservation needs have been met.

Level II species are those having a: • moderate level of conservation priority - or - • high level of conservation priority but a substantial level of non-SWG funding is available to them 

Level III Species

These are North Dakota species having a moderate level of conservation priority but are believed to be peripheral or nonbreeding in North Dakota.

ND Species of Conservation Priority in the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture

 

Baird’s   sparrow Baird’s   sparrow 1
Black-billed cuckoo Black-billed   cuckoo 1
Black-billed magpie  
Brewer’s sparrow  
Burrowing owl Burrowing   owl 2
Chestnut-c. Longspur Chestnut-c. Longspur 1
Ferruginous hawk Ferruginous   hawk 1
Golden eagle Golden   eagle 2
Grasshopper sparrow Grasshopper   sparrow 1
Greater Sage-grouse Greater   Sage-grouse 2
Lark Bunting Lark   Bunting 1
Loggerhead shrike Loggerhead   shrike 2
Long-billed Curlew Long-billed   Curlew 1
Mallard  
Marbled Godwit Marbled   Godwit 1
McCown’s longspur  
Mountain plover  
Northern Pintail Northern   Pintail 2W
Red-headed woodpecker Red-headed woodpecker 2
Sharp-tailed grouse Sharp-tailed   grouse 2
Short-eared owl Short-eared   owl 2
Spotted towhee  
Sprague’s pipit Sprague’s   pipit 1
Swainson’s hawk Swainson’s   hawk 1
Upland Sandpiper Upland   Sandpiper 1
Wild Turkey  
Wilson’s phalarope Wilson’s   phalarope 1

 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

Contact Info

Ty Dressler
Private Lands Biologist
North Dakota Game & Fish Dept.
Dickinson, ND
701-227-7431
tdressler@nd.gov

 

Keving Kadding
Private Lands Program Secion Leader
North Dakota Game & Fish Dept.
100 Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, ND 58505-5095
701-328-6371
kkadding@nd.gov

 

 

 

 

Projects and Priorities

ND habitat priorities

ND State Wildlie Action Plan

North American Wetlands Conservation Act

USFWS - Partners for Wildlife

ND Game & Fish - Private Lands Program

Partners

ND Game and Fish Department

ND   Natural Resources Trust
NRCS
US COE
NDSU research extension service
NWTF  
Pheasants Forever
National Park Service
US Fish & Wildlife Service
 The Nature Conservancy
US Burea of Land Management
US Forest Service
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Ducks Unlimited