Continental Importance to Declining Grassland Birds

 

 

The Northern Great Plains provides some of the most important and intact breeding habitat for grassland birds, some of which are experiencing population declines of 70% or more. Approximately 53% of the global populations of Lark Bunting and 25% of the global populations of Chestnut-collared Longspur breed in the Northern Great Plains. The region also supports significant breeding populations of other declining grassland birds, such as Thick-billed Longspur, Baird’s Sparrow, Sprague’s Pipit, and Mountain Plover. The sagebrush-grasslands of the Northern Great Plains provide the eastern edge of Greater Sage-grouse habitat. Conservation of this region is critically important for preventing range constriction for sage-grouse.